DAYS AWAY FROM a historic summit with North Korea’s mercurial leader, US President Donald Trump held a White House meeting with Kim Kardashian West to discuss prison reform and sentencing.
The reality star entered the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wearing a black suit and canary yellow stilettos, an AFP photographer witnessed.
Kardashian was expected to meet aide Jared Kushner, who has spearheaded stuttering White House efforts at criminal justice reform.
In the end, she met with fellow TV personality, President Donald Trump – formerly of The Apprentice and New York tabloid fame.
“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing”, the president said in a tweet, accompanied by a photograph of the pair in the Oval Office, with Trump flashing a broad grin.
Kardashian West, 37, is known for her socialite TV persona, but has also called for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old who has been in prison for more than two decades for a nonviolent drug offense.
In an interview, Kardashian West said she’d been moved by Johnson’s story after seeing a video.
I think that she really deserves a second chance at life … I’ll do whatever it takes to get her out.
Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of president Barack Obama’s administration, but he failed to win congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.
Trump has so far taken a more hardline approach, advocating a “lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key” approach to criminal justice.
During his first year and half in office he has pardoned disgraced Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Trump supporter who was convicted of violating a court order to halt traffic patrols targeting immigrants.
He also pardoned vice president Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
Last month, Kim’s rapper husband Kanye West raised eyebrows after tweeting about his “love” for Trump and describing him as a “brother” with whom he shared “dragon energy”.
© – AFP 2018 with additional reporting by AP.