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Prison reform, Chicago violence on menu for Kanye-Trump White House lunch

11 October 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump Donald has welcomed Kanye West to the White House, and says the rapper "has been a friend for a long time".

The two were to sit down for a roasted chicken lunch in the private dining room off the Oval Office, along with Hall of Fame NFL running back Jim Brown, as well as Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. In addition, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the conversation will be centered on Trump's work to benefit all Americans, including urban revitalization, the creation of Opportunity Zones, new workforce training programs, employment, the creation of manufacturing jobs, potential future clemencies, massive violent crime surge in Chicago and ideas from meetings with African-American pastors.

The Republican president has advocated prison reform and said he was open to changes in sentencing guidelines, an issue that divides the Republican Party between "law and order" hardliners and moderates.

Trump also defended West as a "nice guy" and "actually a different kind of person than people think". The rapper visited with the then-president-elect at Trump Tower a month before Trump's inauguration.

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West has been a longtime support of Trump, describing the president as "my brother" and sometimes donning a "Make America Great Again" hat.

"What Kanye said after we went off the air last week was one of the worst, most awkward things I've seen here, and I've seen Chevy Chase speak to an intern", "SNL" star Pete Davidson joked in a skit the following week.

Trump spoke about the meeting during a Wednesday interview with Shannon Bream on Fox News.

Prison reform, Chicago violence on menu for Kanye-Trump White House lunch