(CNSNews.com) – Rapper Kanye West will be having lunch with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to speak with the president on issues like prison reform, preventing gang violence, and reducing the violence in Chicago, but when he does, he plans to bring a guest with him.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown is expected to accompany West at the White House, Trump said Tuesday before heading to Iowa for a campaign rally.
“Yeah, I believe Kanye West is coming to the White House. He’s been a terrific guy. You know, he loves what we’re doing for African American jobs, for so many different things. Median income, as you see, at an all-time high. Poverty level at the best rate -- meaning the lowest rate so far,” Trump said.
“And Kanye is a smart guy, and he sees that. And also coming with him -- he said, ‘Do you mind if I bring Jim Brown?’ Big Jim Brown. Boy, would he be making a lot of money today, right?” the president said.
“He was un -- I call him ‘Unstoppable Jim Brown,’ and he’s been a friend of mine. He’s been really with us, because he gets it. He really gets it. He sees that African American -- and, by the way, Hispanic and Asian -- have never done better in this country, and he likes it,” Trump added.
As far as what issues Kanye West will discuss, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “Topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago."
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Brown met with then President-Elect Trump in 2016 and had nothing but positive things to say about him.
"Well, it isn't really just about Donald Trump," Brown said. "It's about him and the position he occupies. That position is considered the most important person in the world. The most powerful person in the world is supposed to be our president.
"When he goes through what he went through to become our president, he's got my admiration. Because no one gave him a chance. You know, they called him names. People that called him names, when he won, he reached back and brought them along with him. He held no grudges. So who am I to say I played quarterback when I only played running back? I don't know everything and I don't try to address everything,” Brown said.
"But the reception I got today from him? I'll always remember that. Because he listened to us, and he knows that we can bring something to him to help the people of this country," the former Cleveland Browns running back said at the time.
Brown was also supportive of the president’s calls for NFL players to stand during the National Anthem, saying, he would never disrespect the flag.
"I’m an American. I don't desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I'm not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I'm going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I'll work out the problems, but I'll do it in an intelligent manner," Brown said in 2107.