Kim Kardashian on Family Separation at Border: ‘It’s Heartbreaking’ but ‘I Don’t Have Influence
Kim Kardashian West has joined the slew of celebrities speaking out against President Donald Trump’s administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they illegally cross at the border, which the president reversed on Thursday by signing an executive order.
“I think it’s heartbreaking. I think it’s so sad,” the 37-year-old reality star told KTLA. “It’s heartbreaking. I don’t know what I would do if those were my children.”
Despite her recent meeting with Trump that led to the pardon of Alice Marie Johnson — the 63-year-old great-grandmother who spent 21 years in prison on a first-time, nonviolent drug charge — Kardashian West said she doesn’t have any leverage to influence the president on every matter.
“I do see people have been tweeting me about that, like, ‘Can you help with this?’ ” she explained. “I don’t work for the White House. I don’t have influence.”
Kardashian West continued, “And I’ve always been very open and honest with there are a lot of things and policies that I don’t agree with, and I’ve always been honest from the start with the whole White House team about that. I stayed really focused on the case of Alice Johnson and prison reform, and I would love to help out there. If there’s anything that I can do, I obviously would do it, but I don’t have that power.”
In a Today interview that aired last week, Kardashian West met Johnson for the first time and opened up about getting involved in the great-grandmother’s case.
“It became this mission that I just didn’t want to give up,” the KKW Beauty mogul said of getting her legal team involved in Johnson’s case. “I think to some people it might seem like, ‘Okay, Kim made a phone call to the president.’ ”
She continued, “We had been in talks and working on this for seven months.”