Kim Kardashian West joins Trump at White House event for ex-prisoners
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Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Economy loses 701K jobs in devastating March report FTC sends warnings to Cardi B, other influencers for not disclosing paid ads Alabama prisoner Nathaniel Woods dies by execution MORE made a previously unannounced appearance at the White House on Thursday to join President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill 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 KushnerTrump shakes up WH communications team CNN's Jake Tapper takes aim at Trump over coronavirus response: Do you have a plan? Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpPrivate equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans 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.