President Donald Trump says he’s “open-minded” about stop-and-frisk policing. He made the comment as he met with rapper and producer Kanye West at the White House. (Oct. 11) AP
Kanye West said a lot in the Oval Office yesterday.
During his 20-minute conversation with President Donald Trump, the superstar rapper talked about the Oval Office’s “good energy”, said Ford should build “the dopest cars” and defended calling for the abolition of the 13th Amendment.
One of the most bizarre moments, however, occurred when West pulled out his phone and showed Trump a picture of what he termed “the iPlane One.” He claimed it could run on hydrogen fuel and would be manufactured by Apple to replace Air Force One.
According to news reports, however, that isn’t true. In fact, the “iPlane” was part of a 2012 master’s thesis for the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies by then-student Shabtai Hirshberg.
Hirshberg spoke to The Verge, a tech industry publication, about the appearance of his proposal for what air travel could look like by 2030. He confirmed to the publication that the aircraft – as he designed it – was not meant to run on hydrogen fuel.
However, he did leave the door open to adapting to West’s suggestions, telling The Verge that “I’d be more than happy to collaborate with Kanye West and Apple if they decide to actually take this forward.”
It is unclear exactly how West got his hands on the image – which has been frequently posted on the Internet – or became misinformed as to its origins. One possibility is that West saw it in person when he visited the College for Creative Studies last week.
Contact reporter Marc Daalder at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @marcdaalder.
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