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Kanye West Appointed Under-Secretary of the Interior After Meeting at Trump Tower

"West knows many of the players in Hollywood, where he does massive deals," said Trump in a tweet.

Kanye West and Donald Trump discussed more than just "life" Tuesday morning.

After their meeting at Trump Tower in New York City, Donald Trump nominated Rapper Kanye West to be the nation's 23rd Under-Secretary of the Interior. No one we spoke to is entirely sure what Secretary of the Interior actually does. So the fact that West is a musician who dropped out of Chicago State University to pursue music, is no barrier.

"West knows many of the players in Hollywood, where he does massive deals," said Trump in a tweet. "We're just friends, just friends. He's doing well. He's well qualified!" Trump said, walking out of a meeting at Trump Tower.

Sen. John McCain quietly took issue with West's qualifications, saying he intended to question the Rapper about his drug use and recent time in a mental facility, when the nomination came up in committee.

"I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues," Kanye tweeted after the meeting, "These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago." He later tweeted, "I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change."

It's not entirely clear whether West will accept or decline the nomination, or even if he is open to considering the position, which makes $205,000 a year, about what he now makes in an hour. No mention was made by either man, as far as we know, of West's recent time spent in a mental facility.

West is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist to have debuted in the 21st century. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

West's more scrutinized comments include his off-script denunciation of President George W. Bush during a live 2005 television broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief and his interruption of singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West's efforts as a fashion designerinclude collaborations with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C. on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the YEEZY collaboration with Adidasbeginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage.


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