Trump-Kim summit: ‘Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform’
The reality TV star and wife of Kanye West reportedly visited Donald Trump to plead for the release of a woman who was given a life sentence for a non-violent drug offence
Reality television personality Kim Kardashian visited US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday to discuss her campaign to help a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence without parole for a drug offence.
Kardashian, dressed in black, arrived at a side entrance to the West Wing late Wednesday afternoon. She was in the building for just under an hour.
Trump later tweeted a photo with Kardashian in the Oval Office.
“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” he wrote.
Earlier in the day White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the visit, but wouldn’t say whether Kardashian would meet Trump or what would be discussed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
But Kardashian planned to raise the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother imprisoned for a first time drug offence, according to a statement from one of Johnson’s lawyers released in advance. Kardashian was to meet with both Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, the statement said.
Kardashian’s visit came after her husband, rapper Kanye West, publicly embraced Trump in a series of tweets late last month.
Trump responded in kind, thanking West for a tweet in which the Grammy-winning musician praised the president’s “dragon energy.”
Kushner has led a White House effort to build support for legislation that would help prisoners as they re-enter society and better develop work skills while they are incarcerated.
Some critics of the effort say it doesn’t go far enough and want lawmakers to include reductions in sentencing guidelines, a step opposed by the White House and the Justice Department.