- Kanye West is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House on Thursday.
- They are expected to have lunch and discuss topics including gang violence, manufacturing, and prison reform, an issue that parallels Kushner’s sentencing-reform initiative.
- West is an avid Trump supporter. The artist wore one of Trump’s Make America Great Again hats last week while performing on “Saturday Night Live,” and he has publicly expressed admiration for Trump since the 2016 election.
- In June, Trump granted clemency to a woman serving a life sentence for nonviolent drug offenses after West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, lobbied him to do so.
Kanye West is scheduled to visit the White House to meet with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner on Thursday to talk about gang violence and prison reform.
West, a vocal Trump supporter, is expected to have lunch with Trump and meet with Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, to discuss topics including “manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Tuesday.
Sanders’ statement confirmed a report in The New York Times that said West was planning to meet with Trump and Kushner.
West plans to talk about bringing more manufacturing jobs to his hometown of Chicago, the newspaper said.
The rapper, producer, and designer has been a vocal supporter of Trump since the 2016 election, and he wore a Make America Great Again hat last week while performing on “Saturday Night Live.”
West has received strong criticism in some circles for his unabashed support of the president.
It is unclear whether Trump and West’s discussion will change the administration’s course on criminal justice, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has staked his claim on mandatory minimum sentences and similar tough-on-crime policies that are at odds with those advocating prison reform.
Kushner is leading a sentencing-reform project and met with West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, along with Trump at the White House earlier this year.
She successfully lobbied for clemency on behalf of Alice Johnson, a grandmother who had been serving a life sentence for nonviolent drug offenses. Trump granted the clemency request in June.