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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future.

I am running for president of the United States," West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag "#2020VISION".

It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov. 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.

The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.

West and his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House.

At one meeting in October 2018, West delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, endorsed West's Twitter post: "You have my full support!" he wrote.

(Reporting by Julia Harte; Editing by Mary Milliken and Clarence Fernandez)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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How Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Acquired to a Higher Place’ After Twitter Drama

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are again on monitor. As completely revealed on Us Weekly’s “Sizzling Hollywood” podcast, the couple are shifting previous their latest drama.

“Kim and Kanye are in a greater place. Kanye is aware of talking about Kim’s household wasn’t the proper factor to do,” a supply tells Us, referring to West’s feedback about abortion and harsh phrases for his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner.

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Whereas the twosome have “agreed” to not speak about politics for now, per the supply, Kardashian, who has been captivated with jail reform in recent times, “will proceed talking out concerning the causes essential to her.”

Kardashian, 39, and West, 43, made headlines final month after he alleged the KKW Magnificence CEO and her 64-year-old momager tried to “lock” him up for remarks he made about Kardashian almost ending her first being pregnant earlier than welcoming daughter North in 2013.

In July, the rapper additionally tweeted that he has been “attempting to get divorced” from Kardashian for almost two years, implying she was untrue with Meek Mill. The Maintaining Up With the Kardashians star subsequently spoke out publicly

“People who perceive psychological sickness and even compulsive conduct know that the household is powerless except the member is a minor,” she wrote in a social media assertion on July 22. “People who find themselves unaware or far faraway from this expertise may be judgmental and never perceive that the person themselves have to interact within the technique of getting assist regardless of how laborious household and mates strive.”

After Kardashian and West have been noticed having a tense dialog in Wyoming, Us confirmed that they jetted off to a luxurious resort within the Dominican Republic for a household trip.

Regardless of the drama, a second supply tells Us that West is in a “excellent spot.” The insider provides, “He’s feeling creatively impressed and supported and may be very a lot having fun with his household time.” The Grammy winner even praised Jenner’s music style on Tuesday, August 11, by way of Twitter, lower than a month after referring to her as “Kris Jong-un” on the social media platform.

Kardashian, for her half, has been noticed filming season 18 of KUWTK in latest months. In accordance with a 3rd insider, nevertheless, the Skims designer doesn’t need West’s conduct to be a narrative line on the present.

Kardashian and West, who wed in 2014, share daughters North, 7, and Chicago, 2, and sons Saint, 4, and Psalm, 15 months.

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