"There's a whole lot of people in this country that do give you a lot of credit for everything you've been doing for this country", he said.
West continued: "Let's stop worrying about the future, all we have is today".
"I tell you what, that was pretty impressive", Trump said after West had finished speaking.
Urban Revitalization Coalition CEO Darrell Scott on Kanye West's meeting with President Trump.
"We get caught up over the idea of racism, over the idea of industry", he said, calling for more black Americans to have "ownership" of their society. "He might not have thought he'd have a insane motherf-- like [me]" as an ally.
Trump's clothing line is made in China, but West did not mention that.
According to the Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez, quoting from another Post reporter, West referred to his own comments as "a fine wine" and also, brace yourself, said he'd be open to running for president "after 2024". "We solved one of the biggest problems".
West argued that Trump deserved more respect, saying: "if he don't look good, we don't look good". Trump said Brown "came out of nowhere" to help with criminal justice issues.
"Really, the reason why they imprisoned him is because he started doing positive for the community".
Trump added that West could "speak for me any time he wants".
The rap star also turned to politics as national media cameras were rolling inside of the Oval Office.
National Football League legend Jim Brown also attended the meeting.
Trump says he'd been willing to "look at it", and says, "They have to do something". "I love everyone, but the campaign "I'm with her" just didn't make me feel - as a guy". Supporters of West's music have described him as a political sellout. "So, there's theories that there's infinite amounts of universe, and there's alternate universe".