Wednesday 20 June 2018

Kim Kardashian West meets Donald Trump to discuss prison reform

The reality TV star, 37, met the president in Washington DC on Wednesday.

Kim Kardashian arrives at the security entrance of the White House in Washington (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
Kim Kardashian arrives at the security entrance of the White House in Washington (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Kim Kardashian West met Donald Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform.

The reality TV star, 37, met the president on Wednesday and it was reported she was there to ask for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who is serving a life sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offence, to be pardoned.

Following the meeting, Mr Trump tweeted a picture of the pair inside the Oval Office.

He captioned the image: “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”

It is unknown exactly what was discussed during the meeting but afterwards Kardashian West tweeted her thanks to the president and said she hoped Johnson would be freed.

She wrote: “I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.”

She added: “We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she —and so many like her—will get a second chance at life.”

Vanity Fair magazine first reported that Kardashian West was due to speak to Mr Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Kardashian West is thought to have been involved in private discussions with Mr Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump for several months.

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Kim Kardashian West leaves the White House (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Johnson is currently serving a life sentence in prison without parole after being convicted of drug-related charges in 1997.

An online petition to grant clemency to Johnson, started by her daughter, currently has more than 250,000 signatures.

Kardashian West’s husband, the rapper Kanye West, has drawn criticism for his support of the president, and was pictured wearing a cap bearing the slogan, ‘Make America Great Again’, a phrase associated with Mr Trump.

Earlier this month, Mr Trump pardoned the heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted in 1913 of violating the Mann Act for transporting a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes”.

Press Association

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