Kanye West has taken to Twitter to counter reports that he was "stumped" by Jimmy Kimmel's question asking him why he thinks Donald Trump cares about black people.

The rapper, who famously declared "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005, was asked what makes him think the US President does during an appearance on the chatshow earlier this week

West seemed lost for words and sat in silence mulling over the question for a few seconds.

Kimmel cut to a commercial break before the rapper had a chance to respond and did not return to the question after the break.

Kanye West mulled over Kimmel's Trump question in silence before Kimmel cut to a commercial break

The 41-year-old music star has now addressed reports that he was "stumped" by the question, writing:  "On Jimmy Kimmel we had a great time having a dialogue. I'm reading that I was stumped by a question. 

"Let me clarify the click bait. I wasn't stumped. I wasn't given a chance to answer the question.

He added: "The question was so important I took time to think. And then I was hit with the let's go to commercial break. That interview showed strong personalities with different opinions having a civil conversation."

Kimmel responded: "Not every question warrants an immediate answer. Some answers need to be considered and a talk show with time constraints is a difficult place to do that.

"I know how much Kanye cares and I am so impressed by what he is doing quietly and without fanfare to help those who need it."

Following West's interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!Trump took to Twitter to thank West for his support. The US president praised the rapper for telling "the TRUTH" and said his support is making "a big difference".

During the wide-ranging interview, West said that he didn’t understand why people criticise the President instead of trying to "love".

"When I see people go at the President, why not try love, for one person to stand up against all odds and just hug somebody the way that Alice Johnson hugged her family when she got out of jail?", West said.