Kanye, Jim Brown, Ray Lewis meet with Trump
President-elect Donald Trump met Tuesday with several black celebrities, including rap mogul and possible future presidential candidate Kanye West, to talk about some of the issues facing inner city African-Americans.
“I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future president if we truly want change,” West later said in a tweet.
Trump met with West, former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis and NFL icon and civil rights leader Jim Brown, along with longtime Trump backer Omarosa Manigault, at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday. West refused to comment with reporters after the meeting, instead saying only “I just want to take a picture right now” as he posed for pictures with Trump.
A few minutes later, West tweeted from his @kanyewest account that he met with Trump “to discuss multicultural issues” including bullying, education and “violence in Chicago.”
This all comes as civil rights leaders have been asking for a meeting with Trump to discuss his upcoming administration’s positions on issues like housing and urban renewal. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other civil rights leaders last week wrote Trump to ask for a meeting to discuss urban policies, and to hold a White House conference on violence.
It was not immediately known whether Trump would be meeting with civil rights leaders.
Exit polls showed only about 8 percent of black voters backed Trump.