Kanye West has called Donald Trump a “liar,” stating in an interview that the former president has said “things that hurt” him.
Trump has been under fire from all sides of the political spectrum after it was revealed last week that he had met with West—who has been criticized for anti-Semitic comments—and white supremacist Nick Fuentes at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
In a series of Truth Social posts defending the meeting, Trump wrote that he “didn’t know” who Fuentes was but stopped short of condemning the man who the Southern Poverty Law Center says is a “white nationalist live streamer.”
Trump also posted that he agreed to meet West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, amid the fallout of the rapper’s anti-Semitic remarks as he wanted to help a “seriously troubled man, who just happens to be Black.”
During an appearance on Tim Pool’s podcast Timcast, which was livestreamed on YouTube on Monday, West revealed that he continues to support Trump—despite stating that the real estate mogul is “known for lying.” The rapper did not mention what specifically Trump had lied about.
Taking aim at Trump’s former vice president Mike Pence, West said: “Look at Pence, he sold Trump out, you get what I’m saying? I would’ve never wanted to do anything that hurt Trump. I’m on Trump’s side.
“Trump said things that hurt me. He lied about me, but I mean he’s known for lying. And when people used to tell me that he’s a liar, it’s like… You know, I went into the trenches for Trump. That’s another conversation.
Referring to his public support of Trump by wearing one of his distinctive, red “Make America Great Again” caps, West added: “There was no one in my position that wore that hat, and all of my surroundings. It exhausted me. It was like death by a thousand questions.”
Despite his comments on Trump, West backed up the Republican politician’s assertion that he was not aware of who Fuentes was before meeting him at Mar-a-Lago.
“He was rolling with me. I was impressed with Nick and I was like, ‘Just come to the dinner.’ And we had [Trump’s former Florida campaign director] Karen Giorno pick us up from the airport and there was a lot of back and forth. There was another gentleman named Jamar Montgomery that was with us. He’s an engineer at Boeing.
“We sat there [at Mar-a-Lago] and it was like when Trump came in, I said, ‘Do you want to sit alone?’ He was like, ‘No, bring your friends in.’ So a big thing is like, Trump had no idea who Nick Fuentes was.”