On Tuesday, the 39-year-old rapper tweeted that he wanted to meet with the future president to discuss “multicultural issues” including “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago” while he was in New York City. West and Trump posed for photos after their early morning meeting, with the latter telling reporters that they had discussed “life.”
Josh Gad and Sophia Bush were among the many celebrities who took their reactions to the unexpected meeting to Twitter, voicing concern that Trump was distracting from more vital matters. Josh Groban, however, saw the humor in the fact that two of the most talkative (and talked about) figures on social media were possibly joining forces.
Check out how celebrities reacted to West’s visit to Trump Tower below.
A rep for Trump told PEOPLE in a statement, “Kanye requested the meeting, and we were delighted to host him. The President-elect and Kanye are old friends and they discussed a wide range of topics. It was a very good discussion.”
Indeed, the statement mirrored what politician told reporters while he and the rapper were photographed, saying, “We’ve been friends for a long time.”
Four days before West canceled the remaining dates of his Saint Pablo Tour and was hospitalized for sleep deprivation and exhaustion, he spoke out about his political leanings this election year at a San Jose, California, concert.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote right? … But if I were to have voted, I would have voted for Trump,” he told the crowd, which answered with “boos.”
He later added, “I just said that I would have voted for Donald Trump and then I did a song and y’all sang it at the top of y’all lungs … That doesn’t mean that you’re a Trump supporter. That just means you okay with a celebrity having their own opinion – or that someone else is okay to have their own opinion. That might not be your opinion and you can still like that person or still like that person’s music.”