Trump Confirms Mar-a-Lago Dinner with Kanye West and Nick Fuentes; Accuses West of Bringing Uninvited Guest “I Had Never Met and Knew Nothing About”

President Trump confirmed to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan on Friday that he had dinner this week with old friend Kanye West and anti-Semite groyper leader Nick Fuentes, telling Swan that he did not know of Fuentes and that West had brought him to Mar-a-Lago uninvited.

West, who also calls himself Ye, has been in hot water over several anti-Semitic remarks he recently made. Fuentes is a notorious anti-Semite and Holocaust denier.

Swan reported on Twitter, “NEW: Statement from fmr President Trump in response to our story about his dinner w Ye and Fuentes: “Kanye West very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner meeting was intended to be Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest whom I had never met and knew nothing about.””

UPDATE: Trump post on Truth Social, “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. 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.”

The third guest, according to Timcast, was former Trump campaign staffer Karen Giorno.

The story of Fuentes visiting Mar-a-Lago with West Tuesday night was first reported by Politico on Wednesday,”According to a source, far-right extremist Nick Fuentes was spotted with Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago. West tweeted last night he met with Trump at the club. West and Fuentes were also seen together at Miami airport.”

A source initially denied to the Daily Beast that Trump dined with Fuentes, “A source familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast that while West had dinner with Trump, Fuentes was not present.”

West posted video commentary about his visit with Trump, claiming Trump was “really impressed with Nick Fuentes.”

The video features Ye advisor Milo Yiannopoulos who was filmed in 2016 singing America the Beautiful while white supremacist audience members gave the Nazi salute.

West earlier claimed in his visit he asked Trump to be his vice presidential running mate for the 2024 campaign (Trump announced his own bid for the presidency last week), “First time at Mar-a-Lago Rain and traffic Can’t believe I kept President Trump waiting And I had on jeans Yikes What you guys think his response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?”

On Thursday West posted a screen image of group chat about his and Fuentes’ meeting with Trump.

Ye bringing jeans to the meeting with Trump turned out to be the least objectionable he brought.

UPDATE: Timcast reports West used the dinner as a “power move” against Trump for his own 2024 presidential campaign (excerpt):

According to a source familiar with the events at the dinner, who asked to remain anonymous, Ye had arrived at Mar-a-Lago with (Karen) Giorno, who served as Trump’s Florida chief strategist in 2016 and later a senior advisor for his campaign, as a power move to show that he is serious about his White House bid.

Giorno has worked for multiple presidents and is regarded as highly formidable at running campaigns.

…“Nick attended the dinner and sat across from the president. I sat to the president’s right and Ye to his left,” Giorno said. “The president was by himself for dinner but invited Ye to meet some people on the patio.”

…Yiannopolous, according to the source, sent Giorno as a signal to Trump that Ye is serious about his campaign and working with people that normally would have been expected to be in the former president’s camp. Fuentes was sent as a power play, as the firebrand commentator would typically never be allowed past the gatekeepers and into Mar-a-Lago to speak to the president.

…Fuentes, once an avid Trump supporter, is rumored to be in line to serve as the communications director for the YE24 campaign.

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