Fuentes had been spotted at Trump’s resort alongside designer and rapper Kanye West, who met with Trump on Tuesday and allegedly asked the former president to run as his vice president in 2024. Earlier reports claimed that Fuentes did not have dinner with Trump himself; however, two sources told Axios that Fuentes was present, and Trump appeared to acknowledge the meeting to the outlet but said he had never met Fuentes before the dinner.
“Kanye West very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
In a new video from West, who now goes by Ye, the former president was reportedly “really impressed” with Fuentes, whom Ye called a “loyalist” unlike “Trump’s team in 2020.” Trump has not responded to West’s statement.
Fuentes, who hosts an online show called “America First with Nick Fuentes,” has been deemed a “white nationalist” for making antisemitic and racist remarks on social media and his web show. Fuentes was also present at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, as well as the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent after a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi drove his vehicle into a group of counterprotesters.
Ye has also recently been under attack for antisemitic and far-right remarks on social media, resulting in a suspension from Twitter that was recently lifted. He has lost multiple corporate collaborations over his comments.
The meeting occurred exactly one week after Trump announced a third bid for the White House at his Mar-a-Lago resort.