President Trump Thanks Kanye West For His Nice Words
President Donald Trump had nothing but kind words for friend and supporter Kanye West on Saturday.
The president, 72, kicked off the weekend by praising the 41-year-old “Jesus Walks” rapper on Twitter. His messages came just four days after West reaffirmed his unwavering love for Trump on the popular social media platform.
“Thank you to Kanye West for your nice words,” Trump wrote.
He then went on to reference the First Step Act, bipartisan federal criminal justice reform legislation he signed into law last month, which West had so passionately pushed.
“Criminal Justice Reform is now law,” Trump wrote in his tweet Saturday, adding that it was “passed in a very bipartisan way!”
West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, has also been vocal about the issue, having first met with the president to discuss the topic at the White House back in May. Those conversations led the former Celebrity Apprentice host to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who was given a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense after she helped facilitate communications in a drug trafficking case. She was released from a federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama, on June 6, after serving her sentence for more than 20 years.
Another non-violent offender, Matthew Charles, was one of the first prisoners to be released under the First Step Act — which aims to give judges increased leeway in sentencing offenders for nonviolent crimes as well as improve rehabilitation programs for former inmates.
The Tennessee grandfather, who made national headlines in 2018 after he was resentenced and sent back to prison two years after a judged ruled his sentence was unfair, was on Thursday released from a Kentucky prison where he been for the last seven months.
Charles’ rollercoaster case traces back to the mid-’90s, when he was convicted of distributing crack cocaine and related charges, court records show.
He initially served 21 years of a 35-year sentence but was later ordered on appeal to return to prison and complete his term, according to defense filings reviewed by PEOPLE.
His release also had Kardashian West singing Trump’s praises. “Just got word that Matthew Charles will be coming home within 24 hours,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and KKW beauty owner, 38, tweeted on Thursday. “Thank you @realDonaldTrump for signing the 1st step act. This is what true bipartisanship can accomplish.”