Kanye West confirmed he met with Jared Kushner in Colorado last weekend but said the two talked books amid accusations the rapper is running for president to siphon off votes from Joe Biden.
West took to Twitter to reveal the meeting after The New York Times learned of it and contacted him for comment.
‘I’m willing to do a live interview with the New York Time about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr Claude Anderson’s book Powernomics,’ he wrote.
In his interview with The Times, West did not offer more details on his meeting with Kushner but, instead, expressed anger about abortion rates among black women and said he didn’t support Democrats.
West launched a last minute presidential bid six weeks ago with the help of some Republican operatives, sparking speculation the rapper, who is an admirer of President Donald Trump, is running to take votes away from Biden.
West has qualified to be on the presidential ballot in several states but has missed the filing deadline in others.
When Forbes magazine pointed out to West in an interview last week he is not qualified in enough states to win the necessary 270 electoral votes to be president and thus would only be a spoiler in the race, West replied: ‘I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.’
West and Kushner have been in regular contact since the rapper announced his presidential bid, Forbes reported.
Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump were in Colorado last weekend with other members of the Trump family for a series of fundraisers and events at House Republican Leader Kevin McCarty’s annual retreat.
West was camping in Colorado with his family, The Times reported, and flew to Telluride to meet with Kushner and Trump but was not accompanied by his wife, Kim Kardashian West.
Kushner serves as a senior adviser in President Trump’s White House but the presidential son-in-law also has a hand in the 2020 re-election campaign.
A spokesman for Kushner did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
West has qualified for the presidential ballot in states like Arkansas, Vermont, Oklahoma and Colorado, but his attempt in Ohio and Wisconsin is being challenged.
Kim Kardashian West asked the public to show compassion and empathy toward her husband in a tweet last month, saying he is bipolar.
Last week, President Trump denied any involvement in the effort by West to get on the ballot in presidential battleground states.
‘I’m not involved,’ Trump said at the White House when DailyMail.com asked him the issue.
‘I like him. He’s always been very nice to me,’ Trump said, praising the rapper-producer who appeared with him at the White House in 2018 and sported his trademark red Make America Great Again hat.
But Trump denied a role in West’s latest actions.
‘No, not at all. No, not at all. Other than I get along with him very well. I like him. I like his wife. His wife recommended certain people as you know for, including Alice Johnson who’s a fantastic woman,’ Trump continued, praising Kim Kardashian and pointing to her successful push for Trump to grant clemency for her life sentence on a drug conviction.
The president briefly veered into a discussion about prison reform.
‘But his wife recommended certain people to get out of prison. They were in prison for a long time. A long, long time. And should have never happened. And I took what she said very strong – Kim Kardashian,’ Trump continued. ‘And she’s got a good heart. A very good heart. And I like Kanye very much.’
Then he added: ‘No, I have nothing to do with him getting on the ballot.’
The president briefly mulled how having West’s name on the ballot might impact his race against Democrat Joe Biden, then stopped short.
‘We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll see if he gets on the ballot. But i’m not involved,’ he concluded.
Trump’s 2016 victory came in a year when Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Libertarian Gary Johnson were on the ballot, with a late push by Evan McMullen to try to throw a wrench into the outcome.
The president’s comments came as a series of GOP officials have been tied to West’s effort.
West turned in ballot petitions Tuesday in Wisconsin, a critical swing state that Trump carried narrowly in 2016 where Biden is leading in public polls.
The rapper announced his campaign July 4th on Twitter, then filed papers in Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Top GOP lawyer Lane Ruhland was filmed and identified dropping off West’s Wisconsin petitions at the state capital in Madison. She is a former general counsel for the state Republican Party.
‘It appears that Kanye West made a smart decision by hiring an experienced election attorney,’ said state GOP spokeswoman Alesha Guenther told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Another official, Gregg Keller, the former executive director of the American Conservative Union, was listed as a contact for West’s effort to get on the ballot in Arkansas. Trump reportedly consider Keller to be chair of his 2016 campaign before settling on Corey Lewandowski.
Chuck Wilton is listed as a convention delegate for Trump in Vermont and an elector for West. His wife, Wendy is a Trump Agriculture Department appointee. New York Magazine identified officials assisting West with GOP ties.
The group Let The Voters Decide is also assisting West.