Kim Kardashian said after she learned about Alice Marie Johnson’s life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense, the first person she called was Ivanka Trump to get President Donald Trump’s help.
“At first I just retweeted it. And then I sent it to my attorney and I said to her, ‘Is there anything we can do?'” the 37-year-old reality star explained in an interview Thursday on the “Today” show.
“‘Can we hire different attorneys? What can we do?’ It became this mission that I just didn’t want to give up,” she added. “I think to some people it might seem like, ‘OK, Kim made a phone call to the president, showed up.’ We had been in talks and working on this for seven months.”
Kardashian then explained that once they decided to take it all the way to the White House, she called Ivanka.
“I called Ivanka and we had a really great conversation about women and wanting to help each other,” the reality star shared. “And I knew that she would’ve understood Alice. And she immediately was so receptive and so great.”
That conversation then led to a meeting in the Oval Office between Kim and Trump, something she said was “overwhelming in the most amazing way.”
Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing. pic.twitter.com/uOy4UJ41JF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
The reality star said that after she walked in and saw the president sitting there, she immediately started the conversation off with a joke, asking him why he “kicked Khloe [Kardashian] off the Apprentice.”
She said Trump laughed and it broke the ice, and then they got down to talking about Johnson and how people deserve second chances.
One week later, that meeting led to the grandmother being pardoned and free to go home.