Tuesday 13 November 2018

Trump to meet Kanye West to discuss prisons, jobs and violence in Chicago

Kanye heads to West Wing, lunch with Trump

Then president-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in 2016 (Seth Wenig/AP)
Then president-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in 2016 (Seth Wenig/AP)
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US President Donald Trump will host one of his most famous fans at the White House, musician Kanye West, to talk about prisons, jobs and what to do about violence in Chicago, the White House said today.

West will have lunch with the Republican president and also meet with Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. She did not give a date but the New York Times reported they would meet on Thursday.

“Kanye West is coming to the White House to have lunch with President Trump and he will also meet with Jared Kushner," Sanders said in a statement. "Topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.

The influential rapper emerged as one of Trump’s most high-profile celebrity supporters during the 2016 presidential election campaign. He was booed at a concert shortly after the election for declaring his support for Trump, although he said he had not voted.

He was booed again last month when he appeared on stage after the broadcast of the television show "Saturday Night Live" season premiere wearing a Trump campaign trademark red MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat.

On Monday, Trump pledged to end a "crime spree" in Chicago, where West grew up, and called for loosening restrictions on police in the third-largest U.S. city to allow stopping and frisking suspects for weapons and other contraband.

In 2013, a federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s use of stop and frisk tactics disproportionately targeted black and Hispanic people, saying police had violated the U.S. Constitution’s protections against unreasonable searches.

Reuters

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