Meek Mill was set to make an upcoming appearance at the White House to sit down and speak about prison reform. The visit was for Donald Trump’s Prison Reform Summit, an event that included the Philadelphia rapper, CNN’s Van Jones, other activists and members of congress. The recently freed MMG artist has now decided to bypass the scheduled appearance, choosing to cancel his appearance.

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TMZ reports Meek Mill decided to cancel due to the perceived perception of him appearing at an event put on by President Trump, and also felt the focus would be on his personal legal issues instead of the bigger picture.

I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system,” Meek said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions. As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantIy I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system.”

While TMZ initially reported that a phone call from JAY-Z made the Dreamchasers MC change his mind, a rep for Meek Mill tells Vulture the decision came from Meek himself.

Previously:
Meek Mill Speaks On Beyoncé Support, Kanye West Convo & Freestyles On Hot 97 (Video)
Meek Mill Speaks on Freedom, Opioid Addiction, Nicki Minaj, Drake & More on The Breakfast Club (Video)
Meek Mill Talks Prison, ‘Free Meek’ Campaign, Kanye West & More with Angie Martinez (Video)
Meek Mill Is Turning His Fight For Freedom Into an Amazon Docuseries, Executive Produced by JAY-Z