While Kim Kardashian said before she didn’t see how President Donald Trump could use her as a political pawn after their meeting about nonviolent drug offender Alice Johnson, Kardashian has now told The Hollywood Reporter that everyone should be rooting for his success in office. “I try to see all sides, especially after this experience,” she said, referring to the controversy over her visit with him. “There’s obviously a lot that we don’t agree with, but I want him to win. I want him to succeed, because it’s our country. It’s so crazy that everyone doesn’t want that.”
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Kardashian also shared limited thoughts on Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that up until yesterday had involved splitting parents from their children when families are caught illegally crossing the border. “It is really complex,” Kardashian said. “It’s heartbreaking. When you see those images, it breaks your heart and I hope that it all gets resolved. You don’t want to see these things.”
She shut down the idea she’s planning to run for office, despite expressing she was open to it before. “You know, everyone’s been asking me that and I said in one interview, ‘Never say never,’” she said. “And then I was like, ‘Why did I say that?’ I don’t have political aspirations. I really don’t!”
And, perhaps explaining her ‘support our President’ remarks, Kardashian told THR that her political activism is long-game—so staying on Trump’s good side may be strategic, even if it comes at a cost to Kardashian’s public image.
“It’s a longer-term mission for me,” she said. “I never started out thinking I was being political. I just thought I was helping people and I knew that I had the opportunity or the resources, so I used them and, you know, it worked out really well for Alice. I definitely saw a lot of compassion from the White House with her and I really do believe it’s just the beginning.”