- The CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta railed against Kim Kardashian West, who made a trip to the White House on Wednesday to talk about prison reform.
- “She shouldn’t be here talking about prison reform,” Acosta said. “It’s very nice that she is here, but that’s not a serious thing to have happened here at the White House.”
- Kardashian West has taken the lead in efforts to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old low-level drug offender serving a life sentence without parole.
The CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday railed against Kim Kardashian West, who visited the White House to talk about prison reform.
While saying that President Donald Trump’s tweet weighing in on this week’s cancellation of “Roseanne” illustrated a “lack of seriousness” from the White House, Acosta quickly launched into an aside about Kardashian West.
“It just gets to the lack of seriousness,” Acosta said on CNN. “Forget about the fact that Kim Kardashian is here at the White House today and what planet that is anything resembling normal, because it’s not.
“She shouldn’t be here talking about prison reform. It’s very nice that she is here, but that’s not a serious thing to have happened here at the White House.”
Kardashian West, who starred in hit reality-TV shows like “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” has taken the lead in efforts to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old low-level drug offender serving a life sentence without parole.
Kardashian West reportedly met with the White House senior adviser Jared Kushner to discuss the issue, and Trump released a photo of himself with her in the Oval Office.
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Kushner has also taken a position on prison reform, but he has encountered some opposition from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to The New York Times. Sessions has been less amenable to policies he sees as overly lenient toward inmates, The Times reported.
Acosta has had a tenuous relationship with the Trump administration and often butts heads with members of its press office.
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