Sunday 27 November 2022 06:59 AM Donald Trump calls Kanye West 'seriously troubled man' in rant about Mar-a-Lago ... trends now
Trump, posting on his Truth Social account, was defiant amid the media criticism of the meeting with the embattled rapper and Fuentes.
The 45th president caused an outrage - even among some Republicans - when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a 'white supremacist,' at his Palm Beach home. Ye, as the rapper West goes by now, was also present.
Trump posted: 'So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed 'advice.''
He added: 'He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn't know, the other a political person who I haven't seen in years. I told him don't run for office, a total waste of time, can't win. Fake News went CRAZY!'
Former President Donald Trump continued to play defense against claims he was wrong to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago with Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes
Trump, posting on his Truth Social account, was defiant amid the media criticism of the meeting with the embattled rapper and Fuentes
The 45th president caused an outrage - even among some Republicans - when it was revealed he had dinner with Fuentes, described as an alt-right figure and a 'white supremacist,' at his Palm Beach hom e. Ye, as the rapper West goes by now, was also present
Trump is being criticized for associating himself with far-right activist Fuentes and the disgraced rapper - two men who have promoted antisemitism and hate - after the three dined together at Mar-a-Lago earlier this week.
David M. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who served as Trump's ambassador to Israel during his presidency, publicly blasted the former president for hosting the duo.
'To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this,' he tweeted on Friday.
'Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable. I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong.'
Trump was reportedly 'very taken' with Fuentes during the impromptu dinner and was impressed by his ability to 'rattle off statistics and recall speeches dating back to his 2016 campaign' - but had no clue of his controversial background, sources told Axios.
The Justice Department in a 2021 complaint referred to Fuentes, an alt-right figure, as a 'white supremacist' and 'America First' podcaster.' In an episode of his podcast, Fuentes 'jokingly' denied the Holocaust and compared Jews who were burnt in Nazi concentration camps to cookies in an oven.
The dinner on Tuesday is the latest example of the former president associating himself with individuals with extreme or racist views despite his own son-in-law Jared Kushner being Jewish and his daughter Ivanka converting to Judaism before their wedding.
David M. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew who served as former President Trump's ambassador to Israel, publicly blasted Trump for hosting Nick Fuentes and Kanye West in Mar-a-Lago
Friedman tweeted on Friday that Trump was 'better than this' calling a social visit from an 'antisemite like Kanye West' and 'human scum like Nick Fuentes unacceptable'
Friedman followed up the tweet with another that pointed out that he condemned former President Barak Obama for associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright
Friedman continued in another tweet: 'I condemned Barak Obama associating with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright. This is no different. Antisemites deserve no quarter among American leaders, right or left.'
As backlash against the former president continued on Twitter, White House spokesman Andrew Bates said: 'Bigotry, hate, and antisemitism have absolutely no place in America - including at Mar-A-Lago. Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous, and it must be forcefully condemned.'
NBC News has since reported those close to Trump have been thrown into a tailspin by the fallout from the meeting, despite the former president allegedly having no prior knowledge of who Fuentes was.
'This is a f***ing nightmare,' said one longtime Trump adviser who spoke anonymously.
Former President Donald Trump and Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, dined together alongside Nick Fuentes earlier this week at Mar-a-Lago
Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier, dined with former President Donald Trump earlier this week at Mar-a-Lago in Florida
Friedman is pictured with Trump and Jared Kushner in 2020. Kushner is Jewish and Trump's daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism before her wedding to Kushner
The source went on to say they are concerned that the meeting could impact Trump's chances at taking the Republican nomination in 2024.
'If people are looking at [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis to run against Trump, here's another reason why,' the source said.
On Friday, Ye also confirmed that Trump was 'impressed' with Fuentes in a video posted to Twitter.
'So Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes, and Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers, and so many of the people that he was left with on his 2020 campaign, he's actually a loyalist' Ye said.
In a post on Truth Social Friday evening, Trump said he didn't know Fuentes previous to the meeting and offered an explanation on the meeting with the rapper.
'Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice concerning some of his difficulties, in particular having to do with his business,' Trump wrote in the post.
'We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President, 'any voters you may have should vote for TRUMP.
'Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all the nice things he said about me on 'Tucker Carlson.' Why wouldn't I agree to meet? Also, I don't know Nick Fuentes.'
In a post on Truth Social Friday, Trump said he welcomed Ye to Mar-a-Lago for discussions surrounding business
Fuentes once 'jokingly' denied the Holocaust in an episode of his 'America First' podcast
The far-right political commentator compared Jews who were burnt in Nazi concentration camps to cookies in an oven
Three different sources, two Trump advisers and one person who is not currently involved in the Trump campaign, told NBC News Friday Ye also brought Karen Giorno, who managed the Trump campaign in Florida during the 2016 election.
The former president reportedly knew the woman by both name and sight.
A third unknown party was also brought by the rapper, however, the identity of the person is unknown and sources said he was 'an associate' of Ye's.
Fuentes is also helping Ye in his own 2024 presidential campaign, which is being managed by Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor and alt-right commentator, according to the rapper.
In 2021, the Justice Department referred to Fuentes as a 'white supremacist'
This comes after Ye and Fuentes showed up at Mar-a-Lago 'unexpectedly,' according to the former president.
'This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about,' the ex-president said in an earlier post on the right-wing social media app.
'We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.'
West had previously revealed that Trump - who has already announced he'd be running for the White House in 2024 - rejected the rapper's request to be the ex-president's vice presidential pick.
Former President Donald Trump said Friday that disgraced rapper Kanye West showed up at Mar-a-Lago 'unexpectedly' and said he 'knew nothing about' his posse - that included a prominent white nationalist
West has also announced he plans to run for president in 2024.
In a two-minute campaign promo posted to Twitter Thursday, the embattled artist - who has faced backlash for his remarks disparaging Jewish people - expanded on those plans, revealing he met with Trump, 76, Wednesday to discuss them.
In the brief clip, West offered his own account of the sit-down, which he said saw him air his presidential aspirations to the former commander-in-chief, who announced his own renewed bid for the Oval Office last week.
Titled 'Mar-a-Lago debrief,' the abrupt campaign teaser comes just days after West was spotted in Beverly Hills with the white supremacist, who has emerged as one of the leading figures of the far-right for his views on Jews and other minority groups.
The pair then traveled to Miami together, and were spotted outside the former president's Florida