Celebrity entertainer Kanye West (shown above right) will meet with President Donald Trump and the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner at the White House this coming Thursday, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reported on Monday.
“Topics of discussion will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, as quoted by CNBC.
West’s first meeting, before he sees Trump, will be with Kushner.
After that, the entertainer will have lunch with the president, according to The Times’ account of the plans for the Thursday meeting.
Kanye West has been outspoken in his support for the president ever since the famed 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan immediately following Trump’s election win that November.
From many corners of the entertainment world, West has been regularly excoriated for his support of Trump — by both fans and fellow entertainers alike.
Most recently, West made news when he defiantly sported a “Make America Great Again” cap during a performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Soon after the “SNL” show, for which he took a great deal of heat, Kanye West spoke of his efforts to broker a summit between the president and the controversial anthem-kneeling former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, as TMZ reported just last week.
The White House visit is not a first for the West family by any means.
West’s wife, celebrity figure Kim Kardashian West, met with the president this past May, during which she successfully advocated for commuting the life sentence of Alice Johnson, a 62-year-old great-grandmother who had been spending a lifetime behind bars for a nonviolent drug crime she had committed decades ago.
As with Kanye West, his wife, Kim Kardashian, also met with Jared Kushner.
The BBC reported that the TV reality star had been speaking with Kushner for months prior about Alice Johnson’s case before the eventual meeting with President Trump.
The confluence of the announcement of West’s upcoming meeting with Trump and the Tuesday morning announcement of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley’s resignation instantly resulted in jokes and memes speculating that the rapper was replacing Haley.
I'm not a fan of Kanye's music but I am a fan of his politics
— Lincoln Allen (@LincolnAllen366) October 9, 2018
— Derek James (@DerekJamesTV) October 9, 2018
This better not explain Trump's meeting with Kanye 👀 https://t.co/94cms8d15p
— Yasmeen Serhan (@YasmeenSerhan) October 9, 2018
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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.