Rapper A$AP Rocky performs onstage during Breakout Festival 2019 at PNE Amphitheatre on June 15, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.
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President Donald Trump on Friday said he will call the Swedish prime minister “to see what we can do about” rapper A$AP Rocky, who is incarcerated in Sweden.
The president said he decided to make that call to Prime Minister Stefan Lofven following a conversation with hip hop star Kanye West.
“I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!” Trump tweeted.
A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has been detained in Sweden since early July. He is accused of assaulting a man in Stockholm.
The New York Times, citing an unnamed source familiar with the situation, reported that West asked his wife, Kim Kardashian West, to ask Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner to help A$AP Rocky’s cause. Kushner raised the issue with Trump, who directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to work with Swedish authorities to ensure the rapper’s conditions were fair, the Times reported.
Trump and West have spoken highly of each other since the early days of the Trump presidency. In December 2016, Kanye visited the then-president elect at Trump Tower in New York City. “We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump told reporters.
In April 2018, West tweeted, “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. “
Trump responded: “Thank you Kanye, very cool! “
A month later, Kim Kardashian West visited the White House to discuss prison reform and advocate for a pardon for nonviolent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson. Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence in June.