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Trump and Jared Kushner to get Kanye West’s input on job creation during White House lunch


Kim Kardashian got her Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump. Now it’s her husband Kanye West’s turn to engage with the president on important policy matters at the White House.

The rapper — who recently voiced his ongoing support for Trump during a rant on “Saturday Night Live” — is scheduled to have lunch Thursday at the White House with Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, according to the New York Times.

West is expected to talk to the men about increasing job opportunities for former convicts and boosting the number of manufacturing jobs in his home town of Chicago, the Times reported.

Kushner’s wide-ranging White House portfolio includes a focus on overhauling the criminal justice system. For that, he and his wife Ivanka Trump recently met with Kardashian at the White House to talk sentencing reform. Kushner also worked with Kardashian on successfully urging the president to commute the sentence of Alice Johnson, an African-American grandmother who had been serving a life sentence in a drug-related case.

Before and after Trump’s election, West has become one of the most outspoken and controversial supporters of Trump and of his “dragon energy.” But in the process, West has angered and disappointed many fans and other African-American entertainers. They question how the rapper can support a political leader known for his racist, incendiary rhetoric.

But West has persisted in his support of Trump, often sharing selfies of himself wearing a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hat while spewing other racially charged views — for example, by proclaiming that saying slavery is “a choice.”

During last week’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” West again wore his MAGA hat while delivering a defense of Trump to the live audience after the program’s closing credits started rolling.

Kenan Thompson said other SNL cast members were held “hostage” on stage with West and had to uncomfortably endure his rant about a supposed Democratic plan to “take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare.”

“He voiced his opinion very loudly for a long time,” said Thompson, a longtime “SNL” star, during an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” Thomson said, “We’re all entitled to our own opinion — I don’t know if that’s the moment, necessarily to hold people hostage like that …”

But Trump was pleased with West’s “SNL” comments, tweeting that he didn’t watch but heard “Kanye was great,” according to Page Six.

As for his White House meeting, West recently expressed hope that he could get NFL star Colin Kaepernick to join him. In an impassioned interview with TMZ last week, West said he had reached out to the former 49ers quarterback to broker a meeting with Trump.

Kaepernick has been one of Trump’s targets during his racially charged comments, with the president criticizing NFL players’ Kaepernick-inspired protests against police brutality toward African-Americans during the national anthem.

“I’ve been calling Colin this morning, reaching him so I can bring Colin to the White House … and we can remove (Trump’s) ‘sons …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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