Baldwin as Trump welcomed West to the office, thanking him for giving him a pair of his sneakers ("They're flawless for me because they're white, they're wide and they're never going to be worth as much as you say they are", Baldwin's Trump said) and allowing him to make "one or two brief, lucid remarks".
Many in the media had already mocked the meeting and West's speech, calling it "bonkers" and "an assault on our White House". Baldwin mused in the Trump sketch, before exclaiming, "Oh my god, he's black me!"
"This could be good for me", he says in the voiceover.
The show's writing team didn't have to reach far for much of the cold open's material, lifting many moments almost directly from Thursday's stranger-than-fiction scene in the West Wing.
Cast member Chris Redd played a MAGA-hat wearing Kanye, and Alec Baldwin returned as Trump. Who does he remind me of?. The president and vice president aren't actually subject to any gift restrictions, he explained, although anything they receive that's worth more than $375 has to be reported on annual disclosure forms.
"I just want to talk about mind control", West said.
He went on to say "lucid remarks", according to Baldwin's Trump, and recited West's controversial declarations (which are well in the realm of fake news, if we're being honest). "I did not", he said.
"Here's the reason I will never be surprised by Kanye West: That skit was in 2007, and he interrupted Taylor Swift in 2009", Meyers revealed.
Talking loudly and rapidly on everything from Trump's protectionist trade policies to replace Air Force One with a hydrogen plane, black gun crime, being married to Kim Kardashian and "infinite amounts of the universe", West left the normally loquacious president almost speechless. I didn't think so.