Former President Donald Trump had dinner Tuesday at his Mar-a-Lago property with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West, a Trump adviser showed to CBS News on Friday.
The previous president mentioned in a observation to CBS News that he didn’t know who Fuentes was once, nor that he could be arriving with West, who’s sometimes called Ye.
“Kanye West very a lot sought after to talk over with Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner assembly was once supposed to be Kanye and me most effective, however he arrived with a visitor whom I had by no means met and knew not anything about,” Trump mentioned in a observation to CBS News.
The inside track of the dinner was once first reported via Axios.
Fuentes is a number one determine at the far-right, having attended the “Unite the Proper” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the “Forestall the Scouse borrow” rally on Jan. 6. Fuentes, who has unfold antisemitic conspiracies, is regarded as a white supremacist via the Anti-Defamation League. In step with the ADL, “Fuentes ‘jokingly’ denied the Holocaust and when put next Jews burnt in focus camps to cookies in an oven.”
West has been embroiled in controversy for weeks since posting antisemitic remarks, having misplaced high-profile sponsorships together with Addidas, Hole and Balenciaga. He were limited from Twitter after his antisemitic tweets, howeverthat he were unblocked.
West, who has mentioned he’s operating for president in 2024, tweeted a video overdue Thursday announcing he had a “debrief” with Trump, and he requested Trump to be his operating mate.
However West mentioned Trump “principally began screaming at me, telling me I used to be gonna lose.” Trump introduced on Nov. 15 that.
West additionally mentioned he “loves Trump,” however mentioned he instructed the previous president he had to carry again a few of his loyalists who the media “attempted to cancel,” akin to Trump’s first 2016 marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski, and loose the folks arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 assault at the U.S. Capitol.
“He principally provides me this is able to be ‘mob-esque’ kinda tale, speaking to a couple child from the southside of Chicago, seeking to sound ‘mobby’ or no matter, and he is going into this tale about all that went thru to get Alice Johnson out of prison, and the way he did not do it for Kim and he did it for me,” West mentioned.
In a publish on Reality Social on Friday, Trump mentioned Ye requested him “for recommendation relating to a few of his difficulties, specifically having to do along with his industry” throughout their Mar-a-Lago assembly.
“We additionally mentioned, to a lesser extent, politics, the place I instructed him he must indubitably now not run for President, ‘any electorate you might have must vote for TRUMP.’ Anyway, we were given alongside nice, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I favored the entire great issues he mentioned about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why would not I agree to fulfill? Additionally, I did not know Nick Fuentes.”
Matt Brooks, govt director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, instructed CBS News in a observation: “We strongly condemn the virulent antisemitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and contact on all political leaders to reject their messages of hate and refuse to fulfill with him.”
David Friedman, who served as ambassador to Israel throughout the Trump management, tweeted Friday: “To my good friend Donald Trump, you’re higher than this. Even a social talk over with from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I beg you to throw the ones bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of historical past the place they belong.”
— Ryan Sprouse contributed to this document.