Former Obama green czar Van Jones praises Trump’s prison reform plans, takes jab at Obama

Former Obama green czar Van Jones praises Trump’s prison reform plans, takes jab at Obama
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[Ed. – Strange bedfellows]

President Trump’s endorsement of a bi-partisan prison reform plan has made an unlikely, albeit temporary, ally in CNN’s Van Jones.

Jones, a frequent Trump critic, reportedly visited President Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House on Friday to discuss the proposed bill, which would, among other things, improve prison conditions as well as the reentry process for prisoners getting released.

During an interview on CNN Monday morning, Jones called the experience of meeting and even getting teased by the president “surreal” after disagreeing with him on 99 percent of issues. And yet, on this issue, they have managed to find common ground.

“On this issue, he has been tough,” said Jones, noting that the president showed compassion for prisoners “that most liberal Democrat would have agreed with.”

“If we can’t get together for liberty and justice for all, something’s wrong with this country,” Jones said on Friday, according to CNN. “We’ll do something on this issue; we’ll fight about everything else, but on this issue, let’s get together.”

Jones was asked Monday whether it was a problem that sentencing reform, another issue he’s passionate about, wasn’t included in this bill.

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