CBS News October 9, 2018, 8:46 AM Kanye West to meet with Trump, Jared Kushner at White House
Following in the steps of his reality TV star wife-turned-activist Kim Kardashian West, rapper Kanye West will be meeting with President Trump and the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner at the White House. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to CBS News that West will be joining the president for lunch. An exact day for the meeting is not yet known.
"Topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago," Sanders said in a statement.
As of late, West has drawn ire for his public support of Mr. Trump, most recently after going on a rant following a performance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." In clips that circulated on social media but were not broadcast, West discussed his plans to run for president and his support for Mr. Trump as he wore a red "Make America Great Again" cap.
"It's so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, 'How could you support Trump? He's racist.' Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago," he said. "We don't just make our decisions off of racism. I'ma break it down to you right now … If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don't have to believe in all they policies."
Cast members that had joined West on stage appeared uncomfortable standing behind the rapper as he went on, claiming that producers from the show had allegedly told West he couldn't don the MAGA hat. "You see they laughing at me," West said. "You heard 'em. They scream at me. They bully me. They bullied me backstage. They said, 'Don't go out there with that hat on.'"
Mr. Trump applauded West's tirade, tweeting that West was "leading the charge" for Trump supporters.
The two have previously met during the 2016 campaign, holding a private meeting at Trump Tower where Mr. Trump said he and the rapper had been friends for a "long time", calling West a "good man."
The rapper's meeting will be the latest for the West family after his wife held two meetings at the White House to discuss efforts surrounding prison reform. The White House confirmed that Kardashian West attended a listening session last month where Kushner was also present. This came just months after she met with Mr. Trump to urge him to commute the prison sentence of nonviolent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson. Johnson was later released in June after spending more than two decades in prison.