One day after the rapper met with the President-elect in New York, he took to Twitter to share a souvenir from their “life” talk: a signed copy of Trump’s Time Person of the Year cover.
“To Kanye,” the business mogul-turned-Republican politician, 70, appears to have penned on the news glossy. “You Are A Great Friend.”
On Tuesday, West, 39, arrived at Trump Tower, where he spoke with the President-elect and his daughter Ivanka Trump.
The visit with Trump came just two weeks after West was released from a week-long hospitalization at UCLA Medical Center, where he was treated for exhaustion and sleep deprivation following a psychotic emergency.
While posing for photos, Trump told reporters he and the musician had simply met to discuss “life” — but West elaborated on their discussion topics hours later on social media.
“I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues,” West posted in the first of a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon. “These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago. I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future president if we truly want change.”
Indeed, a West source tells PEOPLE the rapper was keen on sharing his political views with the President-elect.
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“Kanye believes that he was put on this earth to help people, to bring about higher consciousness of people. That’s a core belief of his. And Donald Trump is really a friend of his. They talk a lot,” says the source. “He wanted to talk to Trump about the things that he’s passionate about. He knows that after January, a meeting with the President will be much harder to make happen, so he had to do it now. He is a big fan of Donald Trump and feels like he’ll be a good President.”
After the visit, Trump — who once called for a Kanye West boycott in 2009 — told reporters, “We’ve been friends for a long time.”
•With reporting by STEVE HELLING