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Kanye West meets with Jared Kushner amid White House bid: report

The president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office Trump preparing another 100 pardons, commutations before leaving office: reports MORE met recently with hip hop artist Kanye WestKanye Omari WestAmazon's shutdown of Parler is a threat to all small businesses 2020's top political celebrity moments Think small business relief was a 'Success'? Ask businesses in communities of color MORE as the latter has stepped up his efforts to be on the November ballot as part of an independent bid for the White House.

Kushner recently met with West while traveling with his wife and fellow White House aide Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump expected to pardon Bannon: reports Author Ryan Girdusky: Ivanka Trump to face challenges in potential Senate run against Rubio Mary Trump: All of Trump's adult children 'need to be shut out' of politics MORE in Colorado as part of a camping trip, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

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West, who was a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE before throwing his hat into the 2020 ring, tweeted about the meeting following an inquiry from the Times, writing: "I’m willing to do a live interview with the New York Time about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr Claude Anderson’s book Powernomics."

According to its publisher, "PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America" offers "a five-year plan to make Black America a prosperous and empowered race that is self-sufficient and competitive as a group."

The meeting will likely further speculation that Republican political operatives are assisting West's bid, which he first announced last month, in an effort to handicap presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE.

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"I don't think there's any question about that," House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said of the possibility on MSNBC on Friday. "We saw what was going on in Wisconsin where he was getting help getting on the ballot. But African Americans, most especially, know what this campaign is all about."

In an interview with Forbes on the same day, a reporter pointed out to West that he will not be on the ballot in enough states to secure the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the White House. 

"I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King," the rapper responded. 

When the Forbes interviewer pressed West on the possibility that he could siphon votes from Biden, he replied, "I’m not denying it."

President Trump, who hosted West in the Oval Office in 2018, has praised him in recent weeks but denied any connection to his presidential ambitions when questioned by reporters last week.

"I like him. He's always been very nice to me," the president said, adding, "I get along with him very well. I like him. I like his wife."