Politics: Kanye West will meet Trump in the White House to talk about about prison reform, gang violence and Chicago

Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower in December 2016 in New York City.

Kanye West is meeting Donald Trump and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner at the White House on Thursday to talk about gang violence, manufacturing, prison reform, and Chicago violence. West is a Trump supporter and wore one of 'Make America Great Again' hats on 'Saturday Night Live.'

  • Kanye West is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House.
  • They will 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 on his most recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” and has publicly expressed his admiration of Trump since his election in 2016.
  • In June, Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson who was serving a life sentence for nonviolent drug offenses after West’s wife, Kim Kardashian-West, lobbied Trump to do so.

Kanye West is going to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner and talk about gang violence and prison reform.

West, a vocal Trump supporter, will have lunch with Trump and meet with the Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, to talk about topics including “manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday.

Sanders’ statement confirmed an earlier report in The New York Times that said West was to meet with Trump and Kushner, but she did not comment on the Times’ report that the pair will meet on Thursday.

West plans to talk about bringing more manufacturing jobs to his hometown of Chicago, the newspaper said.

The artist, producer, and designer has been a vocal supporter of Trump since the 2016 election, and recently wore a “Make America Great Again” hat during while appearing 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 will have any meaningful discussions about criminal-justice reform, as the president has encountered some pushback on the issue, including from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has staked his claim on mandatory minimum sentences and similar policies.

Kushner is leaving a sentencing-reform project, which led him and Trump to previously meet with West’s wife, Kim Kardashian-West, at the White House.

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.

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