President Trump is meeting with Kanye West, one of his most famous celebrity supporters, and former football player Jim Brown to talk about the criminal justice system and prison reform among other political issues.
The White House announced President Trump would host a “working lunch in the private dining room off the Oval Office” with West and Brown.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will also attend.
Over a lunch of caprese salad and roast chicken, Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary, said discussion would be centered on “President Trump’s historic work to benefit all Americans”.
CNBC’s Washington Correspondent tweeted a detail from the meeting:
“Per pool, Kanye West just made a 10 minute statement at the White House. Afterward, President Trump said: ‘That was quite something.’ Kanye: ‘It was from the soul. I just channeled it.'”
Per pool, Kanye West just made a 10 minute statement at the White House. Afterward, President Trump said: “That was quite something.”
Kanye: “It was from the soul. I just channeled it.”
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) October 11, 2018
Kid Rock, another celebrity supporter of President Trump, was also at the White House today.
He watched the president sign the landmark Music Modernization Act, which guarantees increased and faster royalty payments for performers, songwriters and producers.
The Detroit musician arrived around 11 a.m. and later posed for photos with White House advisor Kellyanne Conway in front of the West Wing Colonnade.
After the signing ceremony, he said, “Everybody knows that this music of business is a pretty dirty business … But this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers – the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there.”
Turning to Trump, he added “There’s a whole lot of people in this country that do give you a lot of credit for everything you’ve been doing for this country. We know that some people don’t give you as much as maybe they should sometimes.”
Here are some photos from the meetings:
46 with 45 pic.twitter.com/H28RCuUjWP
— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) October 11, 2018
Kenya in the Oval Office, right now pic.twitter.com/rBblM0jFOZ
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) October 11, 2018
Kid Rock is here in Roosevelt Room for bill signing.
Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act ensures “artists who released records prior to 1972 are paid royalties from digital services, and streamlining the process for those services to obtain music-licensing rights,” WH says. pic.twitter.com/FeL2oUkpMS
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 11, 2018