By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor
Kanye West visited the White House Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump, and he brought Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown along with him.
West and Brown’s “lunch date” was private and off limits to the media, although cameras and reporters were allowed in Oval Office to ask questions for a moment before the lunch began.
According to reports, West and Brown were initially invited by Trump to discuss an opioid crisis he believes is destroying communities across the country. But West alluded to reporters before the meeting started that he was there to discuss his ideas of social reform.
West, while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, said during the short stint open to the media that he envisions the building of “Trump factories” and “Yeezy ideation centers” to create jobs for people in his hometown of Chicago and throughout the county. The 41-year-old rapper/designer also said he planned to discussing the abolition of the “stop and frisk” tactic used by police, claiming it damages the relationship police have within the community.
Jim Brown, who mostly sat quiet beside Kanye during the pre-meeting presser, said he was there only to serve, not talk to the media. But he did tell reporters after the meeting that Trump treated him “beautifully” during his time there.
“We had the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States which everybody doesn’t have that privilege,” Brown said, according to reports. “With me, at 82 years old, the only thing I could talk about was how to help other people. So, it was very positive.
“This is the President of the United States,” Brown added. “He allowed me to be invited to his territory, he treated us beautifully, and he shared some thoughts, and he will be open to talking when I get back to him. That’s the best he could do for me.”