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Trump holds surprise meeting with Kanye West and people are not happy about it

President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York Tuesday. (AP/Seth Wenig)

President-elect Donald Trump welcomed an unusual guest to Trump Tower on Tuesday — rapper Kanye West.

West, 39, the hip-hop mogul and husband of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, posed with Trump in the lobby of the Manhattan building. Reporters asked questions about whether West will perform at Trump's inauguration, but they didn't answer.

Trump said the two are "friends," and they discussed "life" in their 15-minute meeting.

West has recently suffered publicly from backlash over being booed at a San Jose, California, concert and for saying that he supports Trump, even though he didn't vote for him. West was released from a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital last month, and this was his first major appearance, Fox Business reported.

Groups like VoteVets immediately issued statements criticizing Trump for taking the time to meet with West but not for intelligence briefings.

"Donald Trump believes it is more important to meet with Kanye West, than receive security briefings," VoteVets Chairman Jon Soltz said in a statement. "Our troops deserve better than that from a Commander in Chief. This is not funny, it is not OK. We urge American media to not treat it as such.”

The meeting also caused mockery and outrage across the internet, particularly when placed in contrast to recent atrocities in Syria.

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