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Trump tweets praise for Kanye West on Saturday Night Live

Trump tweeted "Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told 'no'), was great. He's leading the charge!"

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epa07058330 (FILE) - US singer Kanye West arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2012 Costume Institute Gala benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York, USA, 07 May 2012 (reissued 30 September 2018). According to media reports, US rapper Kanye West, 41, is changing his name to Ye. The rapper posted on social media on 29 September 2018, that 'the being formally [sic] known as Kanye West. I am YE.' EPA/JUSTIN LANE *** Local Caption *** 53554530

President Donald Trump has panned Saturday Night Live's season premiere but tweeted praise for Kanye West, who closed the show with a pro-Trump message.

Saturday's show opened with Matt Damon playing Brett Kavanaugh in a parody of Thursday's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on sexual assault claims.

As the show ended, West took the stage wearing a Make America Great Again hat and made an unscripted pro-Trump speech after the credits rolled.

Videos of the speech circulated on social media.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that he didn't watch the show — it's "no longer funny" and "is just a political ad for the Dems."

He added: "Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told 'no'), was great. He's leading the charge!"

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Updated: October 1, 2018 09:12 AM

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