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Kardashian meets Trump to talk pardon

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This combination photo shows President Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian West. Kardashian West arrived at the White House for a meeting with presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. She has urged the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offense. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kim Kardashian West has met US President Donald Trump and his staff to talk about prison reform and make a star-powered case on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offences.

The reality TV star met Trump on Wednesday and it was reported she was there to ask for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who is serving a life sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offence, to be pardoned.

Following the meeting, Trump tweeted a picture of the pair inside the Oval Office.

He captioned the image: "Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing."

It is unknown exactly what was discussed during the meeting but afterwards Kardashian West tweeted her thanks to the president and said she hoped Johnson would be freed.

"I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense," she wrote.

Vanity Fair magazine first reported that Kardashian West was due to speak to Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who oversees the administration's push to overhaul the nation's prison system.

Kardashian West is thought to have been involved in private discussions with Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump for several months.

Johnson is serving a life sentence in prison without parole after being convicted of drug-related charges in 1997.

In an interview with Mic, Kardashian West said she had been moved by Johnson's story after seeing a video by the news website on Twitter.

Kardashian West's husband, the rapper Kanye West, has drawn criticism for his support of the president.

Trump last week granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many saw as his racially charged conviction.

The boxer's pardon had been championed by actor Sylvester Stallone, who brought the story to Trump's attention in a phone call.

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