As well as a hand full of reporters, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and senior advisor, was also in attendance, and daughter Ivanka will be joining them for lunch.
During a Tuesday night segment on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, CNN commentators Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer went after Kanye West, insulting his intelligence and repeatedly referring to him as a "negro".
The White House had said that Trump and West, who were also joined by Hall of Fame NFL running back Jim Brown, would discuss a range of issues, including manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, which is where West grew up.
But in his Fox interview, Mr Trump said that West's support had transformed blacks' view of his presidency. "That was quite something".
People that were at the Apple store said Kanye told them he made a new "Make America Great Again" hat for Trump that drops the "again" part. "Let me give this guy a hug", he said.
Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian met him to discuss prison reform issues, which resulted in convicted drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson being granted clemency.
At least Trump handled West's bad idea. dare I say, gracefully?
He also revealed he had been diagnosed - wrongly, he said - with bipolar disorder.
That some of those same critics were silent on Thursday's over-the-top Trump-West meeting suggests that those concerns were motivated more by partisanship than by protocol, Naftali said.
"He's a very different kind of a guy, and I say that in a positive way", the president said.
The tête-à-tête also comes the same week as West's longtime rival, Taylor Swift, entered the political arena for the first time, encouraging her fans to register to vote and endorsing Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House candidate Jim Cooper, also a Democrat.
He showed the president a video on his phone of a hydrogen-powered plane and said Trump should travel in it. Hope Hicks, Trump's spokeswoman at the time, said West had requested the meeting. But it's hot! It gives me, it gives me power in a way. "When he sees that African-American unemployment is the lowest in history, you know people are watching". "I'm talking about the it-will-never-happens of the world, people in high school told you things would never happen".
"Listen, black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft", Setmayer said.
"I was very emotional and I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality".