Rapper Ye met with former President Donald Trump over dinner this week.
Several sources told NBC News that the dinner didn’t go well.
Now the Trump team is hoping to minimize the damage from the meeting.
After meeting with fallen billionaire rap mogul Kanye West, three sources close to former President Donald Trump told NBC News that the pre-Thanksgiving feast went awry, leaving his team to minimize the damage.
“This is a fucking nightmare,” said one anonymous longtime Trump adviser to NBC News. “If people are looking at [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis to run against Trump, here’s another reason why.”
Ye, recently criticized for going on anti-Semitic rants, announced that he was going to be running for president in 2024, despite not having filed the necessary paperwork, and asked Trump if he would be his running mate.
And on Tuesday, Ye was spotted at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and resort with known white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
A couple of days later, Ye claimed that Trump raised his voice at him and spoke ill of his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, at the dinner.
“When Trump started basically screaming at me at the table telling me I was going to lose, I mean has that ever worked for anyone in history?” Ye said in a video he tweeted out on Thursday.
“I’m like whoa hold on, hold on, hold on. You’re talking to Ye,” he said in the video. The clip was one of several videos posted by the rapper on Thursday with the slogan “YE24.”
One unnamed source recalled to NBC News that Trump told Ye that he could not beat him in a presidential run. He also claims Trump noted that Ye had just finished telling him that he was the best president ever.
On Friday, Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to correct the narrative of the meeting. He claimed that the dinner was “quick and uneventful.” He added that he was unaware that Ye was coming to Mar-a-Lago and that he didn’t know the three individuals Ye brought with him.
The three unnamed sources told NBC News that Trump didn’t know who white supremacist Nick Fuentes was at the time of the dinner. They said but said Trump knew one attendee, Karen Giorno. Giorno was the Trump campaign’s Florida director in 2016, NBC News reported. One other man, whose identity was not specified, was in attendance, the outlet wrote.
“Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice concerning some of his difficulties, in particular having to do with his business. We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President, ‘any voters you may have should vote for TRUMP,” Trump posted on Truth Social on Friday.
“Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why wouldn’t I agree to meet? Also, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes,” Trump added.
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