One of the strangest bonds in politics in addition to pop culture only appears to be getting stronger.
Kanye West, one of President Donald Trump’s few big name celebrity allies, can be scheduled to meet with the president in addition to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on Thursday at the White House.
West, who has faced backlash over his vocal support of the president, will have lunch with Trump in addition to discuss a range of issues, including criminal justice reform in addition to violence in his home city of Chicago.
“Kanye West can be coming to the White House to have lunch with President Trump in addition to he will also meet with Jared Kushner,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “Topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, in addition to what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.”
The visit will be the latest milestone from the unexpectedly friendly relationship between the rapper in addition to the president, which has flourished since the two met at Trump Tower in 2016, weeks after Trump’s election victory.
The next meeting comes after West drew criticism via liberals in addition to fellow celebrities for a pro-Trump speech at the end of his Sept. 29 appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” when he donned a “Make America Great Again” hat. His meandering speech praising Trump did not air, however the president mentioned West’s appearance at a rally last week in Tennessee in addition to praised West’s performance in a tweet.
The separate meeting with Kushner can be required to focus on criminal justice reform, which has been a focus for Trump’s son-in-law in his senior advisor role, according to reports. On Monday, Trump touted so-called stop in addition to frisk policing tactics in addition to said he has instructed the Justice Department to work toward reinstating the practice in Chicago.
Trump in addition to Kushner recently met with West’s wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, about sentencing reform. In July, Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a Tennessee woman serving a life term for nonviolent drug offenses, after Kardashian West pleaded her case.
West’s praise for the president has shocked in addition to disappointed some of his fans. The rapper has called Trump his “brother” in addition to said on Twitter which the two share “dragon energy.” Some have questioned how West can continue to support Trump despite some racially charged statements made by Trump, particularly his attacks on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in addition to players who protest police violence by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games.
The news of the West-Trump meeting also comes two days after one of the rapper’s pop nemesis, the usually apolitical Taylor Swift, endorsed two Democratic candidates in her home state Tennessee.
Trump dismissed Swift’s incursion into politics, in addition to said he likes her music “about 25 percent less at which point.”