Kim Kardashian West joins Trump at White House event for ex-prisoners
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Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestA$AP Rocky found guilty of assault, gets no prison time Taylor Swift defends staying out of the 2016 election: 'I just knew I wasn't going to help' Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown released from prison MORE made a previously unannounced appearance at the White House on Thursday to join President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 allies say A$AP Rocky was supposed to thank him but his team stopped 'returning our text messages': report President tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe White House and schools have this in common: Asbestos President tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: 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.