Donald Trump has praised Kim Kardashian during a White House press briefing in which he addressed reports that he is trying to help Kanye West ’s presidential bid.
It has been reported that the Republican party have been working with the 43-year-old rapper to help him get on election ballot papers but Trump has deflected a question asking whether this was the case.
The current US president was asked whether party operatives were helping Kanye get on the ballot in swing states, which could help the Republicans beat off the Democrats surge in popularity.
Trump decided to not answer the question directly but instead praised Kim Kardashian for her efforts on criminal justice reform.
Speaking about the 39-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, Trump said that she has a “good heart.”
The New York Times had reported that Lane Ruhland, who is a lawyer that has connections to Trump’s re-election campaign, had allegedly delivered the signatures required so that Kanye could appear on ballot papers.
The aim is to divert votes away from Joe Biden’s bid in key states.
A reported asked Trump during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing whether “at least two people connected to Kanye West’s effort to get on the ballot have been connected to the Republican Party.”
The reporter added that this ‘push’ was coming at a time when Kim Kardashian has said that Kanye is having issues with his mental health and is amid a bipolar episode.
Trump denied having any knowledge of any efforts to Kanye but said: “I like him. He’s always been very nice to me.”
He was asked again whether he was “aware of” or had “encouraged, anyone in the party to help him get on the ballot, including in swing states,” Trump didn’t engage with it directly and instead reiterated: “No, not at all. Other than I get along with him very well. I like him.”
Trump then issued gushing support for Kim, saying: “I like his wife. His wife recommended certain people – as you know for, including Alice Johnson who’s a remarkable woman – but his wife recommended certain people to get out of prison.
“They were in prison for a long time, a long, long time. It should have never happened.
“I took what she said very strong…Kim Kardashian. And she’s got a good heart, very good heart. And I like Kanye very much.”
Trump eventually answered the question directly denied having anything to do with helping Kanye.
He said: “No, I don’t have anything to do with him getting on the ballot. We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll see if he gets on the ballot but I’m not involved.”
Kanye announced his presidential bid in a July 4 tweet and has since said that he will represent The Birthday Party.
He has caused headlines after his first campaign rally ended with him in tears as he claimed that Kim had looked to terminate her first pregnancy.
Kanye followed this with two, now deleted, rants on Twitter in which he hit out at Kim and her mother, Kris Jenner.
Kim and Kanye have since had showdown talks in Cody, Wyoming, where the rapper has been staying at his ranch, as the look to save their marriage after he claimed he had been trying to divorce Kim for the past two years.
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