President Trump has a Thursday lunch date with Kanye West

Brown, a civil rights leader, has met Trump previously.

President Donald Trump will have lunch Thursday with rapper Kanye West, who he calls a longtime friend. 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.

In June, Trump commuted the life sentence of a woman for a first-time drug offense whose cause was taken up by celebrity Kanye West's wife, Kim Kardashian West. Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old from Tennessee, had served more than 20 years in prison on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.

Kanye has drawn fire from other celebrities for his support of Trump, the former reality TV star now looking ahead to congressional elections on November 6 and his own re-election campaign in 2020.

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Capehart said the president was in a hole with black voters, and touting the economy wasn't going to fix it. Others are fond of the meetup, including Fox News. "We do need reform".

"He's a different kind of guy and that's OK with me".

"It's very unfair to African-Americans it's very unfair to everybody".

"Well if he doesn't then he gets overruled by me, because I make the decisions, he doesn't", Trump said. Trump previously justified the rally by saying he can not disappoint the people who lined up to see him, and today, he stuck to his position by saying "I had very little heat other than the natural haters, which there are obviously some". "I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent", Swift wrote.

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