The Truth About Kim Kardashian's Relationship With The Trumps

What's the truth about Kim Kardashian's relationship with the Trumps? Ever since her early days walking the streets arm-in-arm with Paris Hilton — who's undergone a stunning transformation – Kardashian has attracted attention. From Hilton's shadow to millionaire business woman with a makeup line, a shape-wear line, and a stand out reality show (set to conclude in 2021), Kardashian has proven that she was made for the spotlight.

But the reality star has also expressed herself politically, and pursued an education in law (via Forbes). From her endorsements to her husband's political commentary and ambitions, Kardashian is no longer a stranger to the realm of politics. So when she started working with President Donald Trump and aligning herself with his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, it didn't come as a huge shock. 

But what started for Kardashian as a few meetings in the Oval Office has evolved into a relationship with the Trump administration, despite the drama that surrounds it. Have you ever wondered what Kardashian's relationship with Ivanka is like? What does Donald have to say about her? Wonder no more: here is the truth about Kim Kardashian's relationship with the Trumps.

Kim Kardashian started working with President Donald Trump in 2018 on criminal justice reform

Kim Kardashian made headlines in 2018 when she first went to the White House to discuss prison reform. As noted by CNN, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't say who Kardashian was meeting with beforehand, but confirmed her presence in the White House. But from Donald Trump's Twitter activity, it was clear that both reality stars met. "Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing," Donald tweeted, along with a photo of them. 

Kardashian joined the President again in 2019 to discuss criminal justice reform and the commutation of imprisoned people. As noted by ABC News, Trump introduced Kardashian at White House event in 2019, calling her a "great friend" who is "pretty popular."

Kardashian met the President once again in 2020 to discuss the fates of three incarcerated women — Tynice Hall, Judith Negron, and Crystal Munoz — advocating for their release. "I, along with the @cut_50 team will be at the White House bringing light to these women and discuss more change that our justice system desperately needs," she tweeted.

People close to Kim Kardashian told her not to step foot in the Trump White House

In an interview on David Letterman's Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Kim Kardashian was forthright about what people around her said about meeting with Donald Trump. "Trust me, everyone called me and said, 'Don't you dare step foot in that White House or your reputation is done.' And I said, 'I have to step foot in there or these people's lives don't have a chance,'" she explained. 

During the interview, Kardashian also shared that she's proud of the work she accomplished on criminal justice reform, saying that it was a necessary departure from her former life. Additionally, she told Letterman that growing up, she was "oblivious to other people's problems," and was thus inspired to work with Donald Trump on meaningful topics. 

Letterman pushed back, saying that Kardashian's work has been a "positive force that diminishes what I consider to be unacceptable behavior by the President," he shared. "I'm grateful for what you're doing, but it doesn't make me feel any better about the current administration."

Kim Kardashian revealed in April 2020 that she would not be endorsing a presidential candidate, including Trump

Despite her close working relationship with Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian announced via an in-depth interview with The New York Times in April 2020 that she would not be publicly endorsing a candidate for the presidency. 

Though Kardashian has worked with Trump, and though her husband has his own perplexing Presidential campaign, Kardashian has remained tight-lipped on the subject. However, she did acknowledge that endorsing Trump, who is actively reviled by Democrats, could have consequences for her reality show and her business ventures. 

Kardashian said that she'd rather keep her focus on criminal justice and prison reform, and thus keep her endorsement to herself. "I do love that I see so many different potential candidates discussing it," she explained, referencing justice reform and the progress her efforts have made thus far. Kardashian concluded by saying that she would work with any administration. "There's a lot of people who are really deserving of these second chances," she said.

Kim Kardashian joined Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at this White House event in 2019

At a 2019 event at the White House about prison reform, Kim Kardashian solidified her alliance with Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, sitting between the married couple during the event. As noted by W magazine, Kardashian spoke about her partnership with ride share company Lyft, designed to give ride credits to formerly imprisoned people for transportation to and from job interviews. "It was an honor to take part in the announcement that the administration and private sector will be stepping up to create opportunities for these men and women to succeed once home," Kardashian posted on Instagram.

The praise from the Trump family quickly followed and Ivanka took to Twitter with kind words and a photo of the two together at the event. The president himself also did not shy away from singing Kim's praises. As noted by People, Donald Trump shared, "soon she'll be one of the most successful lawyers," before saying that "she's been a real friend and her husband has been a real friend of mine."

Before Kim Kardashian graced the halls of Trump's White House, she endorsed Donald Trump's opponent

After reports emerged that Kim Kardashian was unsure about who to vote for in 2016 (following a conversation with Caitlyn Jenner, a Republican), the reality star threw her support behind none other than Donald Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Writing on her website (the post has since been taken down) Kardashian said, "I believe we owe it to ourselves, and to each other, to ask questions, to do our research so that we vote for the candidate who represents our own beliefs" (via Vanity Fair). "We should start at a place of openness, receptiveness and honesty, and we should talk to those we love, trust and respect." 

Kardashian struggled with her decision, but ultimately her choice came down to which candidate aligned with her beliefs on important issues, including gun reform and abortion. When she finally endorsed Clinton, a 2015 selfie of Kardashian, Clinton, and Kanye West resurfaced. "I got my selfie!!!" Kim wrote on Instagram. "I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country!"

With Donald Trump's help, Kim Kardashian helped commute this woman's prison sentence

in 2018, Kim Kardashian brought the case of Alice Marie Johnson to Donald Trump's attention; she'd been arrested in 1996 for a first time, non-violent drug offense, and had been in prison without the possibility of parole since. Her case came to Kim Kardashian's attention, who fought for Johnson's release. 

In June of that year, Trump announced that he'd commute Johnson's sentence — and Kardashian was overjoyed. "The phone call I just had with Alice will forever be one of my best memories," she tweeted after the news broke. "Hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget." 

According to W magazine, the White House's official statement was supportive of Johnson, who by all accounts had fallen victim to the high rates of imprisonment due to the War on Drugs. The White House added that Johnson had "been a model prisoner over the past two decades," and "worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison." "So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment," Kim tweeted. Talk about a heartwarming win.

Despite their close relationship, Kim Kardashian called Donald Trump out on gun reform

Before Kim Kardashian started working with Donald Trump on criminal justice reform, she had endorsed his opponent, been vocal about legal access to abortion, and called the President out on gun reform. In a 2017 essay published on her blog on National Gun Violence Day, Kardashian aired her frustrations over the mass shootings in the United States and the easy access to firearms. (However, like her essay about Hillary Clinton, Kardashian's post about gun reform has since been taken down.) 

According to W magazine, Kardashian wrote that in 20 years, the U.S. made zilch progress on passing legislation that would protect the lives of people who could be senselessly lost to gun violence. "In February of this year, President Trump actually signed a bill revoking a regulation recommended by President Obama that would have added 75,000 names of people with registered mental illnesses to a national background check database," she shared. "This is crazy!" 

Kardashian also cited the anniversaries of some of the most infamous mass shootings in U.S. history in her post, including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and the Pulse Nightclub.

Kim Kardashian's husband Kanye West met with Donald Trump and Jared Kushner in 2018

The Trump administration has included a lot of twists and curveballs, and this blossoming friendship was just one of the many surprises. As noted in W magazine, Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with Kim Kardashian's husband, Kanye West in 2018. According to the report, West's relationship with The Donald dates back to a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan in December 2016. At Trump's request, the two chatted, and he later characterized his relationship with the rapper as a friendship that has been around "for a long time." 

Not unlike to his wife, West has taken to social media to praise Trump and speak to their relationship. On a very active Twitter day in April 2018, Kanye described the president as his "brother," and said that they both possessed "dragon energy." About an hour later, he tweeted the following. "My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don't agree with everything Trump does. I don't agree 100 percent with anyone but myself." Alright then.

Kim Kardashian and Tiffany Trump apparently run with the same friends

In the years of being a focal point on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and sharing her life on social media, it's no wonder that fans and commentators have a pretty good understanding of who Kim Kardashian spends time with. And from the looks of it, her social circle has bled into Tiffany Trump's crowd, Donald Trump's youngest daughter and only child with second wife, Marla Maples

As noted by the Daily Mail, Tiffany was spotted in the summer of 2019 eating at The Polo Bar restaurant in Manhattan with one of Kardashian's closest friends, Jonathan Cheban. (Melania Trump has been spotted eating there as well.) Tiffany and her boyfriend, Michael Boulos, met up with Cheban for dinner at the upscale eatery after a day of shopping with Maples. Cheban, who runs an Instagram account solely dedicated to documenting his lavish eating habits, shared snaps from his evening with the youngest Trump sister on his social media. It's clear that their social circles have crossed over.

After supporting Kim Kardashian's reform initiatives, Ivanka Trump received some pretty intense backlash

Anyone in the public eye is bound to come under some scrutiny at some point, and Ivanka Trump — who's undergone a stunning transformation — has been no exception. So when she took to social media to support Kim Kardashian and her criminal justice reform efforts, she faced a lot of backlash and some pretty heated commentary. 

The First Daughter and adviser to the president posted a photo of her and Kardashian on Instagram, sitting next to each other during an event at the White House. "Thank you @KimKardashian for your passionate advocacy of Criminal Justice Reform and Second Chance hiring," she wrote in the caption.

Trump may have spoken a touch too soon, given the comments that were to follow, as some of Ivanka's followers were not fans of Kardashian's interest in politics or her presence in the White House. "Is this a joke, photoshop or something like that?" one follower wrote. "I am all for this but that speech she gave was embarrassing. Maybe there is a reason why she is a reality star," wrote another.

Kim Kardashian and Ivanka Trump's relationship dates way back to the early 2000s

The early days of reality television included Kim Kardashian and her celebrity best friend, Paris Hilton, who's undergone a stunning transformation. The two were undeniably close, and spent time parading around with their coordinated outfits and handbags. 

But according to AOL, Kardashian and Ivanka Trump also ran in similar circles for years, and were even spotted together with Hilton way back in 2006. According to the report, Kardashian and Trump crossed paths at the VIP Room in Saint-Tropez. Given that Hilton and Trump practically grew up together in the spotlight, the introduction doesn't come as much of a surprise. 

In an interview with ES Magazine (via Entertainment Tonight) in 2017, Hilton reminisced about her days with Trump, sharing that their friendship continues to be a part of her life, even after all these years later. Speaking of the First Daughter, Hilton put it best: "She is like, the New York scene."

Kim Kardashian joined Ivanka Trump at her D.C. home for a meal in 2018

We love an eventful day followed by a great dinner with friends, and the same applies to Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, and Kim Kardashian. After visiting the White House to speak about prison reform with Donald Trump in 2018, Kardashian headed to the First Daughter's home in Kalorama Heights — a swanky neighborhood in Washington D.C. that is home to the likes of Jeff Bezos and former president Barack Obama. 

According to Harper's Bazaar, Ivanka was thrilled to have Kardashian over for dinner. After all, she is one of reality television's biggest stars. But the camaraderie between Kardashian and the Trump-Kushner family doesn't come as that much of a surprise. As noted by W magazine, Kardashian had been in contact with Kushner, who'd become an ally in passing the First Step bill, which supported reduced sentences. 

Combine all of this with Kushner's history with Kanye West, it's no shock that the couple welcomed Kardashian with open arms. As noted by the Daily Mail, Kardashian left their home around 8 o'clock that evening.

Kim Kardashian lobbied Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, to help her spring A$AP Rocky out of prison

After A$AP Rocky was arrested and detained in Sweden for "gross assault" — he reportedly "threw a man across a street," as noted by Rolling Stone — Kim Kardashian contacted Donald Trump and Jared Kushner to advocate for A$AP and his well-being. According to the report, both Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, were worried about A$AP; they reached out to Trump and Kushner to do something about it, as it was reported that the rapper and his associates were subject to solitary confinement and bad prison conditions. 

Kardashian's plea clearly pushed The Donald in the right direction, as A$AP was released. According to NPR, the President even sent a hostage negotiator to get involved in the situation. 

The Trumps were clearly pleased about A$AP's fate, because Ivanka Trump posted a photo of him on her Instagram shortly after the news broke. "A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP," she wrote. This is a crossover that we couldn't have predicted.

Kanye West has been meeting with Ivanka and Jared and speaking with them daily, despite his rocky marriage to Kim K

We saved the wildest truth for last. In the midst of a global pandemic and a presidential election season, Kanye West met with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in Colorado in 2020. The timing was all a little weird — West was actively trying to get on the ballot across the country as a presidential candidate — and yet he met with the daughter and son-in-law of his competitor. 

According to The New York Times, Kim Kardashian was aware that the meeting was taking place, but chose not to attend. West did not divulge what he met Trump and Kushner about, but he tweeted that he would speak discuss the meeting with the newspaper. 

However, West didn't, and instead spoke about Black women getting abortions. All of this is to say that the relationship between Kardashian, West, Trump, and Kushner is real, and has been for some time. In an August 2020 interview with Forbes, sources close to both West and Kushner revealed that the pair talk to each other "almost daily." About what, well that we don't know.