Trump calls Kanye West ‘seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black’ amid fallout over dinner

Donald Trump sharply criticised rapper Kanye West and ramped up his efforts to distance himself from a recent meeting between the two as the fallout over Mr Trump’s association with Mr West’s campaign advisers continues.

Mr Trump issued a statement via Truth Social calling the rapper a “seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black” and once again denied knowing Nick Fuentes, the white nationalist and racist who latched on to Mr West amid his increasingly erratic spiral into hate speech and the utter destruction of his musical career.

“So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed “advice.” He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years,” claimed the former president.

He added: “I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went CRAZY!”

The president’s remarks come as he faces a sharp backlash from many on the right for his embrace of Mr Fuentes, who in the past has engaged in Holocaust denial on his livestreams and has endorsed the concept of segregation in the American south. Like Mr West, he is a frequent user of anti-Jewish rhetoric and has openly talked about his desire to guide the modern US conservative political movement towards antisemitism.

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