Rapper Lil Wayne met with President Donald Trump Thursday and praised his work on criminal justice reform with a tweet that quickly went viral.
He also shared a photo of the two men standing side by side. The commander-in-chief sported an enthusiastic smile and his signature thumbs up as Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. gave one two. The meeting took place at the Trump Doral National resort in Florida.
The entertainer touted the Platinum Plan as one that “is going to give the community real ownership.”
“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” Lil Wayne tweeted.
“He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”
The president later retweeted the post.
The Platinum Plan is Trump’s “promise to Black America” that if he wins a second term, he will seek to infuse almost $500 billion in capital into the black community for economic development and loan money. Trump also pledges to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
“If you vote Republican over the next four years, we will create 3 million new jobs for the Black community, open 500,000 new black-owned businesses, increase access to capital in Black communities by $500 billion,” Trump said.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters White House officials have been speaking to Lil Wayne’s team for “quite some time.” They finally met in Florida on Thursday during a campaign stop.
“I think you’re seeing a lot of supporters come off the sidelines and want to join the president in a second term,” she said.
“You’re seeing a number of people come in and support [Trump] because his accomplishments speak for themselves,” McEnany added.
Another influential rapper, Ice Cube, has also joined forces with the Trump administration to execute the plan. He appeared on Fox Soul’s Cocktails with Queens host Claudia Jordan earlier this week.
Jordan asked him about a report that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), running mate of Trump’s presidential challenger Joe Biden, invited him participate in a Zoom call last month. Harris wanted to host a discussion with other prominent black entertainers D.L. Hughley, Snoop Dogg and Killer Mike,.
Ice Cube said he didn’t participate because he didn’t believe it would “be productive.” He explained that in the past that he has been in contact with both presidential campaigns regarding his own proposal called Contract with Black America.
“Kamala Harris’s folks reached out to you and wanted you to be on this Zoom call because they thought your voice was important. Why did you choose to not participate in that?” Jordan asked.
“We had spent a lot of people’s time putting the Contract with Black America together,” he said, “and I just thought that getting on a Zoom call with 12 other entertainers all shooting what they believe needs to be done, to me wasn’t going to be productive.”
He said his lawyer “has a connection with Kamala Harris, and I was promised a call that I never received.”