Kanye West credits Trump with inspiration for Adidas contract

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Rapper Kanye West, right, speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump, left, listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Rapper Kanye West, right, speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump, left, listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Musician and fashion designer Kanye West had lunch with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, where they talked in front of reporters about a variety of topics including West's contract with Adidas.

Invited to speak by Trump, West launched into a long, winding discourse, occasionally using profanity and slapping the Resolute Desk for emphasis.

West said the president had inspired him to sign a shoe design contract with Adidas. "You gave me the heart to go to Adidas," he told Trump. "This Adidas thing made me a billionaire."

Adidas did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier this week, before the meeting with Trump, Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted told Business Insider that Kanye's behavior doesn't worry him.

At Thursday's meeting, Kanye also told Trump his views on made in America, overhauling prison sentences and replacing Air Force One with a hydrogen-powered plane.

Predictably, consumers reacted on Twitter.

--Blooomberg News with contributions from Ad Age

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