Former President Donald Trump dinged critics after he received backlash for dining with white nationalist Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Tuesday, saying he “didn’t know Nick Fuentes.”
Trump called the dinner “quick and uneventful,” saying he “got along great” with Kanye West, who reportedly brought the white nationalist as his dinner guest. He added that the rapper “expressed no anti-Semitism.”
“We got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why wouldn’t I agree to meet?” he wrote on Truth Social of West, who now goes by Ye.
Fuentes had been spotted at Trump’s resort alongside designer and the rapper, who met with Trump on Tuesday and allegedly asked the former president to run as his vice president in 2024, according to multiple reports. 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.
In a new video from 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.