Kanye West talks mental health, stop-and-frisk with Trump, says MAGA hat makes him 'feel like Superman'

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WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE - Declaring that his red MAGA hat makes him feel like Superman, Chicago-born rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office Thursday.

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Declaring that his red "MAGA" hat makes him "feel like Superman," Chicago-born rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office Thursday.

Ahead of a private lunch, President Donald Trump and West spoke with reporters as they sat across from each other at the Resolute desk. West dominated the conversation with a series of monologues that touched on social policy, mental health, endorsement deals and his support for the president.

"Trump is on his hero's journey right now," West said, tossing out an expletive to describe himself.

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West said that many people believe that, if you're black, you have to be a Democrat and said he was pressured not to wear his red "Make America Great Again" hat. But he said "this hat, it gives me power."

West credited Trump with preventing a war with North Korea and encouraged Trump to swap his usual Air Force One for a hydrogen-powered plane. West also argued that Trump deserved more respect, saying: "if he don't look good, we don't look good."

During one pause in West's comments, Trump said: "I tell you what that was pretty impressive." He also described West as a "smart cookie."

The rapper also spoke against stop-and-frisk policing policies, which Trump recently expressed support for. Trump said he was open to other ideas.

Hall of Fame Running Back Jim Brown, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, and Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump were also at the meeting.

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Trump recently tweeted praise for West, who closed a "Saturday Night Live" show wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.

West is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, who pushed Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender this year.

West met with Trump at Trump Tower weeks after the 2016 election, a month before his inauguration, and has said they both have "dragon energy."

Last month, West said he would be moving back to Chicago for good.

The rapper met with Alderman Michelle Harris (8th Ward) at City Hall on Monday. He wants to help breathe new life into the Regal Theatre in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood.

They reportedly talked about plans to fund repairs to the theater to allow it to open. Jerald Gary is the Regal Theatre's owner.

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WLS-TV contributed to this report.
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