Yet the dinner soon turned into a public circus with the unexpected arrival of white supremacist and Holocaust-denier, Nick Fuentes, who tagged along with West and his other dinner guest, alt-right commentator, Milo Yiannopoulos.
A longtime Trump adviser told NBC News that it was clear Fuentes’ presence was part of a headline-grabbing coup to leverage Trump’s natural inclination for pomp and spectacle.
After garnering a standing ovation and applause from everyone in the dining room, according to Fuentes, the former president sat down with West, Fuentes, and Yiannopoulos at a reserved patio table.
“He greeted us, and he invited Ye into dinner and Ye said that he wanted to bring us with him to the table,” Fuentes told NBC News.
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Yiannopoulos – who has been accused of advocating pedophilia, resulting in his resignation at Breitbart – claimed to be “the architect” of the plan to slip Fuentes into West’s dinner with Trump.
He said that the goal was for Fuentes to provide Trump with a raw view of how some of his support base views his run for president, NBC News reports.
According to NBC News, Yiannopoulos convinced former Trump 2016 campaign adviser, Karen Giorno, to drive West to Mar-a-Lago.
He claimed that he wanted Giorno to get West up to speed on Trump and politics.
Giorno stated that Yiannopoulos only said West would be bringing two people including someone named, “Nick.” Yiannopoulos confirmed he gave Giorno limited information and also said that she was not aware of the plan to confront Trump.
On the way to Mar-a-Lago, Giorno said in an interview with NBC News, that she realized Ye and his guests were not properly dressed for their dinner with Trump.
After Fuentes told her his last name, Giorno said she thought, “I’m going to kill Milo.”
“I wanted to show Trump the kind of talent that he’s missing out on by allowing his terrible handlers to dictate who he can and can’t hang out with,” Yiannopoulos told NBC News.
The dinner reportedly got heated after West, who is planning his own presidential run in 2024, suggested to Trump that the former president be his running mate
Although Trump has repeatedly denied knowing Fuentes – who has been labeled a “white supremacist” by the Anti-Defamation League – before the dinner, he has yet to denounce Fuentes’ history of hate speech
On Monday, West was again joined by Fuentes and Yiannopoulos during a podcast with Tim Pool
Trump’s campaign is currently working on new vetting procedures to ensure someone like Fuentes and the former president never break bread at the same table again, two sources briefed on the plans told NBC News