Former President Donald Trump had dinner with rapper Kanye West and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago estate late last week.
But Fuentes says he doesn’t think Trump knew who he was, at least at dinner.
“We had a very interesting dinner, which I’m sure you’ve all read about,” Fuentes said Friday on his podcast about the get-together Tuesday with his friend Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, and Trump.
“I have to say about the events of the last week, I’m a little bit embarrassed in a certain sense because, you know, this has become a little bit of a scandal for President Trump,” Fuentes said.
“I don’t think he knew that I was me at the dinner” — at least initially, Fuentes said with a laugh. “Let’s put it that way. I don’t know if I’m gonna say he didn’t know me. I’m not sure about that.”
On Saturday former President Trump took to Truth Social, blasting the media.
“So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed “advice.” He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years. I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went CRAZY!,” said Trump.
The fourth member of the dinner party, Karen Giorno, a veteran political operative who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, said to Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post that Trump “was impressed with Nick and his knowledge of Trump World.”
But the president didn’t “initially seem to know” who he was, Giorno said.
Trump added Friday that he “didn’t know” Fuentes and had offered Ye business as well as political advice.
“I told him he should definitely not run for President, ‘any voters you may have should vote for TRUMP,’” the former president wrote on Truth Social. “Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’”