President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West met in the lobby at Trump Tower, on Dec. 13, 2016, in New York City. Kanye is scheduled to meet with the president at the White House on Thursday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Rapper and outspoken Trump supporter Kanye West is set to visit the White House on Thursday and meet with President Donald Trump and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Why is West meeting with the president?
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the news, via a pool report Tuesday:
Kanye West is coming to the White House to have lunch with President Trump and he will also meet with Jared Kushner. 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.
West, who is originally from Chicago, has made no secret of his support for the president. During the Sept. 29 episode of "Saturday Night Live," West was booed for going on a rant defending Trump and criticizing both the media and Hollywood while wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat. West had been the musical guest on the show that night. The backlash he received after that appearance led West to quit social media the next day.
During a rally on Oct. 1, Trump praised West for supporting him on "SNL."
During a radio interview in April, West said that Trump “cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him” because “he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community.”
He also met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City in December 2016, between the president's election and inauguration.
Kanye isn't the first member of his family to visit the White House this year. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, also visited the White House and met with the president in May to discuss prison reform.
Kim also alerted the president to the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who had been in prison for 21 years on a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. Trump would later commute Johnson's sentence.
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