After it was confirmed earlier this week that Kanye West was expected to meet with President Trump today, October 11, Variety reports that he'll also be present for the signing of the Music Modernization Act.
West credits Trump with stopping a potential war with North Korea and is encouraging Trump to swap his usual Air Force One jet for a hydrogen-powered plane.
After several minutes of silence and listening intently, the president said: "I tell you what that was pretty impressive, folks. that was quite something".
The White House has said they will talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up.
Trump said West is a friend and a "different kind of a guy" whose big following in the African-American community helped boost his approval ratings.
"He's said very nice things about me in the past ... extremely positive things", Trump said. The rapper visited with the then-president-elect at Trump Tower a month before Trump's inauguration. Asked if he would consider campaigning with the rapper, Trump said, "I could see it".
"I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change", he said in the since-deleted tweets.
West explained to the New York Times in June why he supports Trump, saying there are many more Trump supporters in Hollywood who are just afraid to come forward.
Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow and Recording Industry Association of America President Mitch Glazier, along with other music industry leaders are expected to attend. "When he sees that African-American unemployment is the lowest in history, you know people are watching". Fox News also stuck with its usual nighttime lineup on Tuesday night, even as Trump gave shout-outs to the hosts during his unaired speech in Council Bluffs, Iowa - even C-SPAN cut away for other news.