Yeezy has arrived in Washington, D.C. Kanye West is having lunch with President Donald Trump and former NFL pro Jim Brown at the White House on Thursday, October 11. He will also meet with Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.
The rapper, 41, and the former Celebrity Apprentice host, 72, are expected to discuss topics including manufacturing, prison reform and reducing violence in West’s hometown of Chicago.
Trump had nothing but praise for West in the lead-up to their meeting. “Those in the music business say he’s a genius, and that’s OK with me because as far as I’m concerned, he is,” the president said during an interview on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning.
This was the Grammy winner’s second meeting with the real estate mogul since the 2016 presidential election. He previously visited the then-president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City that December. Trump later told reporters in the building’s lobby that he and West “have been friends for a long time.”
West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, has been to the White House twice in recent months. She was instrumental in urging the president to commute the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time drug offender and great grandmother.
“I’m proud of my husband,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, told Extra ahead of West’s lunch with Trump. “I’m really hopeful that the president listens.”
The Yeezy designer recently came under fire for wearing the commander in chief’s signature “Make America Great Again” hat during his September 29 appearance on Saturday Night Live. He also delivered a pro-Trump, anti-Democrat speech after the show’s closing credits rolled.
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