Kanye West Shows Off Trump-Autographed Time Magazine Cover

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 15, 2016 Updated: December 15, 2016

Kanye West on Wednesday showed off an autographed copy of a Time’s “Person of the Year” edition featuring President-elect Donald Trump on the cover.

The edition was autographed by Trump himself after the two men met at the Trump Tower on Tuesday.

“To Kanye, you are a great friend. Thanks,” Trump wrote to the 39-year-old rapper. The president-elect underlined the word great.

On Tuesday, hours after the meeting, West tweeted why the two met.

“These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago,” West wrote of what the two discussed during their meeting. “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”

He also wrote: “#2024,” apparently referring to a possible presidential bid of his own. West said earlier this year that he would be running for president in 2020, but since Trump will likely seek a reelection bid, 2024 seems more likely for the rapper.

West and Trump also posed for photos at the Trump Tower. “Just friends, just friends, and he’s a good man,” Trump told reporters, referring to West, according to Yahoo. “We’ve been friends for a long time.”

In November, West told a crowd of people at a concert in San Jose, California, saying that he would have voted for Trump—if he had voted. “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I were to vote, I would have voted on Trump,” he told the audience.

A few days later, he was hospitalized after reportedly suffering a nervous breakdown. He was released nearly two weeks later.

There was some speculation that Trump met with West to set up a smokescreen for the media, as Trump picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for his secretary of state. Some media outlets derided the pick, saying Tillerson has ties to Russia and President Vladimir Putin—but that was drowned out by the meeting with West.