Musician Kanye West told reporters at the White House on Thursday that a "welfare mentality" led him to accuse former President George W. Bush of racism after Hurricane Katrina.

"I was very emotional, and I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality. Of a welfare mentality," West said, sitting across from President Trump in the Oval Office.

West, wearing a Trump campaign hat, said the concept of racism was used by Democrats to control voters.

"A liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism because we know we're very proud, emotional people. So when I said I like Trump to like someone liberal, they'll say, oh, but he's racist. You think racism can control me? Oh, that don't stop me. That's an invisible wall," he said.

West said "as black people we have to take responsibility for what we’re doing. We kill each other more than police officers."

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West's 2005 racism accusation against Bush included the declaration on national TV, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

On Thursday, West defended Trump, saying, "if he don't look good, we don't look good."

"What I need 'Saturday Night Live' to improve on or what I need the liberals to improve on is if he don't look good, we don't look good. This is our president. He has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories, and we have to make our core be empowered, we have to bring jobs," he said.