Pres. Trump Talks Kanye West in Wide-Ranging Fox & Friends Interview: 'He's Got Good Taste'

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Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Thurmont, Md. on Jan. 6, 2018. 

The President also touched on a recent backtrack by Shania Twain about her support for his presidency.

The Donald Trump/Kanye West mutual admiration society show continued on Thursday morning (Apr. 26) when the president called in to his favorite morning show, Fox & Friends, to talk about a number of issues, including recent tweets and comments by 'Ye expressing his love for the commander in chief, whom he considers a brother.

"He's got good taste," Trump said when co-host Ashley Earhardt first mentioned the rapper.

"You know I have known Kayne a little bit and I get along with Kanye," added Trump, who had a meeting with the GOOD Music boss in December 2016 at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

"I get along with a lot of people, frankly. But Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it's been in the history of our country, okay? He sees Hispanic unemployment at the lowest it's been in the history of our country, he sees, by the way, female unemployment, women unemployment, the lowest it's been in now almost 19 years. He sees that stuff and he's smart and he says, 'You know what, Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did.'"

"You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him," West tweeted on Wednesday, among several other pro-Trump messages that also included his feeling that the former reality TV star is "his brother" and that they both possess "dragon energy." The tweets came after Ye called in to Hot 97's Ebro Darden and reportedly told him "I do love Donald Trump," with Darden saying he had a conversation with West over the weekend after the rapper tweeted his support for controversial conservative commentator Candace Owens.

In the action-packed Fox & Friends call-in, Trump then pivoted to a rant about how if Hillary Clinton had been elected instead the country would be "out of business" because of what he termed the excessive rules and regulations favored by democrats. Co-host Brian Kilmeade tried to shift the conversation back to West, noting that in response to a series of pro-Trump tweets from Kanye on Wednesday Chance the Rapper had tweeted that "black people don't have to be democrats," asking if Republicans have done a bad job by ignoring the black community until now.

"You know I think it was just a custom. People don't realize, you know if you go back to the Civil War it was the republicans that really did the thing...Lincoln was a Republican," Trump said as the hosting trio looked on blank-faced. "Somehow it changed over the years and I will say I really believe it is changing back."

The interview turned out to be mostly a monologue by the president in which he recited a litany of his favorite talking points -- no collusion with Russia, leaker/liar James Comey, the fake news media, his election victory, distrust of the Justice Department, etc. -- and the show's hosts often struggled to get a word in edgewise. 

Steve Doocy asked the president what he thought of the way Shania Twain was treated when she came out and said she would have voted for him (if she could have) and then backtracked after getting criticized online. "She got so destroyed online she had to come out and apologize and yesterday the same thing with Kanye West, suddenly people are saying the guy is out of his mind because he supports you," Doocy said. "What happened to being able to have a different point of view?"

"I'll tell you what happened," said Trump. "Shania, who I think is terrific, but she made a mistake by sort of saying I wish I didn't go public with it, but we know how she feels. But people have done that and they're amazed at what happens to their business because we have tremendous support. We have tremendous fans. If I ever called for a rally in Washington, D.C. we'd have millions of people coming into Washington because they love what's happening. So when I see a Kanye sticking to his guns, or when I see others -- and there are plenty of others -- sticking to their guns and coming out and have a young lady who's been very much in the news in the last three or four days ["Candace Owens" Doocy interjected]... because she's fantastic. She's like the hottest thing out there now. You have people do that they become much more popular. Remember, we won the election and we won it easily."

Watch the full interview below.


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