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Trump Hosting Summit Friday on an Issue That – Yes – Could Win Over Some Dems

The Trump White House is hosting a summit on criminal justice reform on Friday. Why even liberal commentator Van Jones is optimistic.

By NTK Staff | 05.18.2018 @9:30am
Trump Hosting Summit Friday on an Issue That – Yes – Could Win Over Some Dems

It’s no secret President Trump is a polarizing figure, but he’ll spend part of his Friday trying to unite Republicans and Democrats on an issue that both occasionally agree on.

USA Today‘s Gregory Korte reported on Friday morning that the president is hosting a criminal justice reform summit at the White House on Friday:

President Trump will give a boost to criminal justice reform efforts Friday, hosting a summit at the White House aimed at bridging the partisan divide in Congress and the states to shrink the nation’s prison population.

…Friday’s summit will bring together a much larger group of more than 100 activists, experts and policymakers from both sides of the aisle.

Liberal commentator Van Jones, hardly a Trump supporter, expressed optimism in comments to USA Today.

“As you know, I’m on the left side of Pluto,” said Van Jones, an cable news commentator and former Obama White House adviser who will moderate a discussion at the White House Friday.

“But one thing I know is that it’s one of these strange issues that the more people engage on it, the more stupidity they see in the system. The more we can get the Trump White House and the Republican party to engage in this issue at all, the more progress we’ll make,” Jones said. “And then I think more reform leads to more reform.”

It’s not the first time the White House has attempted to tackle the issue. Axios reported last month that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, was meeting with lawmakers in April “to push for a bill to rehabilitate prisoners through educational programs, vocational training and therapy to reduce recidivism rates.”

Proposals covered this Friday will include improving conditions for women in prison, and improving options for former prisoners re-entering society, USA Today reported.

Can legislative proposals go forward in a hyper-partisan congressional environment, though, and in an election year no less? Those are different questions entirely.

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