Kanye West "met privately" with Jared Kushner last weekend, according to The New York Times — though West was quick to dispute the implication it was about his improbable presidential campaign, which has multiple Republican ties.
"I’m willing to do a live interview with the New York Time about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr Claude Anderson’s book Powernomics," West tweeted Tuesday night. (Anderson's book, published in 2001, details "The National Plan to Empower Black America.")
The Times reported that West, 43, flew to Telluride to meet with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, both of whom are senior White House aides to President Donald Trump.
West's wife, Kim Kardashian West, was not present, according to the paper.
The Kardashian West family had been vacationing after a trip to the Dominican Republican following a turbulent period in Kim and Kanye's marriage, with Kanye making a series of alarming statements after announcing he was running for president.
Kanye spoke with the Times but did not detail his discussion with Kushner, 39.
The report about their meeting underlines the extent to which Kanye is connected to GOP figures, despite saying last month he was rescinding his support for President Trump and launching his own presidential bid.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on the meeting. Neither Kanye's reps nor Kushner responded to messages seeking comment.
"I would run as a Republican if Trump wasn’t there," Kanye told Forbes last month. "I will run as an independent if Trump is there.” Earlier this month, his campaign launched a website outlining his platform, which mixes traditional religious and fiscal conservatism with issues like the arts and legal reform.
In addition to lobbying the president on particular cases, Kim also spoke out in support of the First Step Act.
“Honestly she’s mostly attentive when she comes to meetings, hearing, listening, trying to understand the best way she can motivate her supporters,” a source familiar with her White House work told PEOPLE last year.
Since Kim first connected with Kushner, the two stayed in touch, according to the source. She had dinner with him and Ivanka at their Washington, D.C., home in 2018 when she met the president.
This source also said last year that Kushner also passed on a lead to Kim to help find a residence for Matthew Charles, another prisoner whose case she became interested in. (She met and spoke with an attorney for Charles in the fall, the attorney told PEOPLE.)
But Kushner's ties to Kanye now — in light of his improbable bid — have fueled arguments the administration is working with him behind the scenes.
"Why the hell is Jared Kushner and Kanye West holding secret meetings?" one critic wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "Oh that’s right, because all that Trump does is cheat."
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