08/31/2015 18:27 EDT | Updated 08/31/2016 01:12 EDT

Kanye West for 2020? White House looks forward to rapper's campaign for presidential bid

Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper's potential bid for president.

West claimed he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he looks "forward to seeing what slogan (West) chooses to embroider on his campaign hat." Earnest was travelling to Alaska aboard Air Force One with President Barack Obama.

This isn't the first time the outspoken rapper has dabbled in talk of politics. West is noted for criticism of President George W. Bush and the federal government's response after Hurricane Katrina. He has also compared the world's fascination with his wife, Kim Kardashian, to its interest in first lady Michelle Obama.

The Associated Press