Kim Kardashian West joins Trump at White House event for ex-prisoners
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Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestKim Kardashian West meets with Oklahoma death-row inmate in push for criminal justice reform Kardashian West celebrates after Biden-Harris victory Kanye West received 60,000 votes in the presidential election MORE made a previously unannounced appearance at the White House on Thursday to join President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE for an event touting the hiring of released prisoners.

The reality television star arrived shortly before Trump was set to deliver remarks on second-chance hiring and the aftermath of the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that he signed into law late last year.

During Thursday's event, she announced a partnership to provide gift cards for ride share services to help provide previously incarcerated individuals with access to and from job interviews and employment opportunities.


"And that is so important, so needed and I just want to thank the president for really standing behind this issue," Kardashian West said. "Seeing the passion he has for criminal justice has been really remarkable."

Kardashian West did not specify which organizations would be involved in the ride share partnership.

She was seated between senior White House advisers Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Pompeo becomes first top US diplomat to visit Israeli settlement, labels boycotts anti-Semitic NYT's Bruni suggests Ivanka Trump, Kushner move to North Korea or Saudi Arabia MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Women set to take key roles in Biden administration New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include write-offs: report MORE, who she said helped introduce her to the president to get involved in criminal justice reform.

Kardashian West, who was a vocal supporter of criminal justice reform legislation, posted a video on Twitter ahead of Thursday’s event teasing the additional announcement related to the legislation. She attended the ceremony with two attorneys who she said she's worked with as she studies to become a lawyer.

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star has been at the White House to discuss criminal justice reform before, and she has expressed appreciation for Trump’s focus on the issue.

Last year, Kardashian West brought to Trump's attention the case of Alice Johnson, a 64-year-old who had been imprisoned for 21 year on a nonviolent drug charge. Trump later granted her clemency.

Updated at 5 p.m.