Rapper and independent presidential candidate Kanye West is slamming the idea that his White House bid is a veiled effort to support President Trump’s reelection.
Speaking to Nick Cannon on his YouTube podcast in an interview filmed earlier this month, the billionaire addressed rumors that he was working with the GOP to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s chances in the November election.
“People keep on saying, ‘I think that y’all — you and Republicans — are in cahoots,” the sneaker mogul said.
Sitting together at West’s Cody, Wyo. ranch, Cannon replied that, “They’re saying that they are paying you to do what you’re doing, to be a distraction.”
“Bro, can’t nobody pay me. I’ve got more money than Trump,” the rap superstar said in response.
West, a former supporter of the president, came under scrutiny recently after it was discovered that he had met with resident Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner in early August.
Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump had been traveling in Telluride, Colo. over the first weekend of August, while West was in the same state vacationing with his superstar wife Kim Kardashian West and their four children.
The presidential candidate was not joined by his wife during the meeting, which he flew out to Telluride for.
Asked about the meeting, West took to Twitter.
“I’m willing to do a live interview with the New York Time [sic] about my meeting with Jared,” he wrote on the social media platform, adding that they discussed “PowerNomics,” a book about black empowerment by Dr. Claude Anderson.
Asked earlier this month about West’s 2020 effort, President Trump denied any connection to it, saying during a White House press briefing, “I like him. He’s always been very nice to me.”
Kushner also issued a denial of any involvement in West’s presidential efforts, saying “Unlike others, I’m able to keep friendships across the aisle” in a Fox News interview after their meeting was revealed.
“We didn’t discuss his campaign and what he’s up to. I read things in the press, but I have not discussed that directly with him,” he added.
In his interview with West, Cannon brought up the criticism of his candidacy was a distraction, especially for people like himself, who did not want to see Trump reelected.
It was not clear if West responded to wanting another four years of the current commander-in-chief, for whom West was once a supporter. The remainder of the interview is set to be published Tuesday.
“I’m not running for president, I’m walking,” West was next seen saying.