Kanye West to meet Trump, Kushner at White House on Thursday
TIMOTHY A. CLARY (AFP/File)
Rap superstar Kanye West is expected to visit the White House on Thursday where he will meet with President Donald Trump and his top adviser Jared Kushner.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the meeting would include discussions on the “manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.”
West’s wife, reality television star Kim Kardashian, confirmed the meeting telling celebrity news program Extra that “the meeting will be about “the city of Chicago and some exciting things...they have been planning, and I really hope the President listens.”
West has long been a vocal supporter of Trump, stunning fans by becoming one of the few celebrities -- as well as one of the only prominent African Americans -- to support the real estate mogul turned president.
West recently drew criticism after giving an impromptu speech about politics, again voicing his support for the president, after his appearance on "Saturday Night Live".
"So many times I talk to a white person about this and they say, 'How could you like Trump? He's racist,'" West said. "Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago."
He also accused the rival Democratic Party of seeking to keep people dependent on welfare payments and repeated his interest in running for president himself in 2020 -- when Trump would face re-election.
His speech was met with a smattering of applause but louder booing from the New York audience.
Following the controversial performance, West posted a photo of himself wearing one of Trump's signature red "Make America Great Again" caps, writing “this represents good and America becoming whole again.”
“We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love."
His call to abolish the 13th amendment, which made slavery illegal, drew even further backlash.
West has since deleted both his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
West went to visit Trump in 2016 shortly after the rapper disappeared to seek mental health treatment. Kim Kardashian, has gone twice to see Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform.
Kardashian has defended her husband’s views, tweeting back in April: "He's a free thinker, is that not allowed in America?”
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I very much congratulate rapper Kanye West, who gains in frankness, honesty and respectability from the eyes of all responsible and conscientious Americans and earthlings. And I'll even buy his album online.
I believe I heard Lady Clinton, Obama and their cohort of musical and cinematographic stars that they would not live in a United States led by President Trump, right ?! Well, what are they still doing ?! It will be much more artistic space for rapper Kanye West and many other stars as conscious as him. I even recommend Tehran to Obama and Ryad to the Clinton.