Trump credited West for his poll numbers spiking, citing a Reuters poll that showed his support doubling in the black American community.
“He’s got a big following in the African-American community, a big following, and he has in a lot of communities,” Trump said.
“He’s been a terrific guy,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.
“You know, he loves what we’re doing for African American jobs, for so many different things.”
West has signaled his willingness to meet with Trump, urging the black community to work with the president instead of condemning him as a racist.