WASHINGTON— Kanye West will meet with President Donald Trump for lunch Thursday, a sit-down that will take place after the hip hop artist sparked controversy for publicly supporting the president and then delivering a series of controversial remarks related to slavery.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the two will discuss “manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.”
Jared Kushner will meet with West as well, according to Sanders.
The president and West have forged an unlikely bond.
After performing on Saturday Night Live’s season premier last month, West delivered an unaired broadside claiming that the show’s producers tried to stop him from wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
“They bullied me,” West claimed. “You can’t tell me what to do. Follow your hear and stop following your mind.”
KANYE SNL TALK THAT GOT CUT OFF FREEDOM OF SPEECH SHOULD HAVE EXTENDED pic.twitter.com/IpULoEJxsN
— MIKE DEAN! #MWA (@therealmikedean) September 30, 2018
Trump, in turn, applauded West.
Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018
In a follow-up tweet, West suggested abolishing the 13th amendment, which formally ended slavery.
“We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs,” West tweeted. “We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”
The artist later clarified that he believed the amendment should be struck because, in his summation, slavery never ended.
West has previously met with the then-president at Trump Tower during the presidential transition.
Kim Kardashian, who is married to West, has also twice visited the White House to promote prison reform.
Her first meeting netted a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year old, non-violent drug offender who was serving a life sentence.