In Oval Office Remarks, Kanye West Defends His Backing of Trump

In an Oval Office meeting with Mr. Trump that was open to the press and also included NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, Mr. West launched into a soliloquy—peppered with occasional curse words—about his own upbringing, violence in Chicago and his unapologetic backing of a president who has found tepid support among other entertainers or black Americans.

Mr. Trump sat unusually quiet through the event, at times nodding or quietly acknowledging Mr. West, and gently correcting him on the location of a manufacturing facility.

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