Former US president Donald Trump has drawn fire from the White House and within the Republican Party after meeting with Kanye West and a prominent far-right figure at his Florida home.
- Former allies are among those criticising Donald Trump for hosting the pair
- President Joe Biden says “you don’t want to hear what I think”
- Elon Musk has backed potential Trump opponent Ron DeSantis for a presidential run
Mr Trump dined with the rapper — who is now known as Ye — and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago this week
The former president said Mr Fuentes arrived unexpectedly with Ye, who was recently dumped by Adidas after making anti-Semitic remarks.
Their meeting was roundly criticised by figures across the political divide as momentum builds towards the 2024 presidential election.
Mr Trump this month announced his campaign to return to the Oval Office.
“Bigotry, hate and anti-Semitism have absolutely no place in America — including at Mar-A-Lago,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said.
“Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous, and it must be forcefully condemned.”
While Democratic President Joe Biden told reporters “you don’t want to hear what I think”, numerous Republican figures spoke out against the meeting.
One-time Trump ally — and former Republican governor of New Jersey — Chris Christie said a presidential candidate meeting with prominent anti-Semites was “unacceptable”.
“This is just awful, unacceptable conduct from anyone but, most particularly, from a former president and current candidate,” he tweeted.
Max Miller — who was elected to a house seat in Ohio, in part thanks to the endorsement of Mr Trump — also spoke out against the meeting.
“Nick Fuentes is unquestionably an anti-Semite and a Holocaust denier,” he tweeted.
“His brand of hate has no place in our public discourse.”
Musk backs ‘sensible’ DeSantis
The backlash against Mr Trump came as another potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination received high-profile backing.
US billionaire Elon Musk said he would support the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, if he ran for the presidency in 2024.
He said his preference was for someone he described as “sensible and centrist” for the job.
The new Twitter owner said he had hoped for that with the Biden administration, but had been disappointed so far.
After the founder of electric car company Tesla and Space-X recently acquired the social media platform Twitter, he has since lifted its ban on Mr Trump.