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John Legend: Kanye West and Donald Trump meeting 'a publicity stunt'

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Image caption John Legend attended the BBC Music Awards in London earlier this week

John Legend has described Kanye West's meeting with with US President-elect Donald Trump as "a publicity stunt".

The rapper visited Trump Tower earlier this week. Mr Trump said they had discussed "life".

Legend, a close friend of West, told French media outlet Clique the pair's meeting was "disappointing".

"I don't think it's impossible to talk to [Trump] about issues, but I won't be used as a publicity stunt. I think Kanye was a publicity stunt," he said.

Legend was mentored by West at the beginning of his career, and has collaborated with the rapper and producer several times.

"I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country," Legend continued.

"I think the things he has promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing."

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Image caption Donald Trump and Kanye West met on Tuesday

Mr Trump beat his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election last month.

Legend campaigned for Mrs Clinton and has previously spoken of his support for President Barack Obama.

Last month, West said he did not vote in the US elections, but if he had done so, he would have backed Mr Trump.

Legend said: "I'm pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump."

West is one of the few figures in the music industry to have publicly supported the President-elect, who is reportedly struggling to find A-list stars to perform at his inauguration next month.

It has been announced that America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem at the event.

On Wednesday, Kanye tweeted he and Mr Trump spoke about "issues including bullying, supporting teachers, modernising curriculums, and violence in Chicago" during their meeting.

West had previously announced his own plan to run for president in 2020, but tweeted "#2024" after the meeting with the president-elect, suggesting he would not seek to challenge Mr Trump at the next election.


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