Former President Donald Trump had dinner Tuesday with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a Trump adviser confirmed to CBS News on Friday.
The former president said in a statement to CBS News that he did not know who Fuentes was, nor would he be coming with West, also known as Ye.
“Kanye West very much wanted to go to Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner meeting was intended for Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest I’ve never met,” Trump said in a statement to CBS. and didn’t know anything about him.” news.
The news of the dinner was first reported by Axios.
Fuentes is a prominent figure of the far-right, having joined the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6. by the Anti-Defamation League. According to the ADL, “Fuetes ‘joking’ holocaust denied and compared the Jews burned in concentration camps to cookies in the oven.”
West has been embroiled in controversy for weeks since posting antisemitic remarks, losing high-profile sponsors including Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga. He was banned from Twitter after his anti-Semitic tweets, butthat it was unblocked.
West, who has said he is running for president in 2024, tweeted a video late Thursday saying he had a “debrief” with Trump, and asked Trump to be his running mate .
But West said Trump “basically started yelling at me, telling me I was going to lose.” Trump announced on November 15 that,
West also said he “loves Trump”, but said he told the former president that he needed to bring back some of his loyalists whom the media “tried to discredit,” such as Corey Lewandowski, and freed those arrested in connection with Jan. 6 Attack on the US Capitol.
“He basically gives me it’s going to be a ‘mob-esque’ kinda story, talking to some kid from the South Side of Chicago, trying to sound ‘mob’ or whatever, and he Alice goes into this story to get Johnson out of jail, and how she didn’t do it for Kim and she did it for me,” West said.
In a post on Truth Social on Friday, Trump said Ye asked him “for advice on some of his difficulties, particularly related to his business” during the Mar-a-Lago meeting.
“We also discussed politics to a certain extent, where I told him that he definitely shouldn’t run for president, ‘Whatever voters you have, you should vote for Trump. Anyway, we were very nice, he didn’t express any anti-semitism, and I appreciated all the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson’. Why don’t I agree to meet? Besides, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes.”