Saturday 18 August 2018

In pictures: Kim Kardashian meets Donald Trump to discuss prison reform

Kim Kardashian pictured with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Photo: Twitter
Kim Kardashian pictured with US President Donald Trump at the White House. Photo: Twitter

Keiran Southern

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.

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)
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian arrives for meetings at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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.

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.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian departs the West Wing after meetings at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian departs the West Wing after meetings at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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".

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