Despite ‘Famous’ friendship, Trump team hasn’t asked Kanye to perform

Updated 12:31 AM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
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"We haven't asked him," Tom Barrack said

West and Trump met at Trump Tower last month

(CNN) —  

Tom Barrack, President-elect Donald Trump’s longtime friend and the chair of his Presidential Inaugural Committee, said that the team has not asked rapper Kanye West to perform at the inauguration – despite having had a high-profile meeting with Trump last month.

“We haven’t asked him,” he told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.” “He considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda.”

01:23 - Source: CNN
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