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Kanye West to meet with Trump this week

In this Aug. 28, 2016 photo, Kim Kardashian West, left, and Kanye West arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
In this Aug. 28, 2016 photo, Kim Kardashian West, left, and Kanye West arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
By Nardine Saad Los Angeles Times

Rapper Kanye West will make a house call on President Donald Trump on Thursday.

West will have lunch with Trump and adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner at the White House. They are set to discuss prison reform, manufacturing, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in West’s hometown of Chicago, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday after a New York Times report about the meeting.

The meet-up comes on the heels of West again publicly supporting Trump during a post-show rant about politics on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this month. West has also been wearing a version of Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” hats recently.

“It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist.’ Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago,” West said after the show. “We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies.”

On Twitter, Trump heaped praise on the Grammy-winning provocateur after the performance: “Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told ‘no’), was great. He’s leading the charge!”

West’s wife, reality star Kim Kardashian West, met with Trump and Kushner over the summer and facilitated the presidential pardon of Alice Marie Johnson, who had been serving a life sentence on nonviolent drug charges.

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