Despite thousands of Americans visiting Cuba every year, Republicans got their panties in a bunch this week when Jay-Z and Beyonce vacationed in Havana. A situation that didn’t get any better when Jay-Z decided to release a track called “Open Letter” where he says Barack Obama gave him clearance forcing the White House to make it clear they had no idea the two were going, and thanks for dragging them into this. Politico reports:
“I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,” Carney said during his daily briefing Thursday.
As he said earlier in the week, Carney again said that the Treasury Department was responsible for approving the trip and said that “from the president on down,” no one at the White House was involved in approving the trip.
In a rap released Thursday, Jay-Z said: “I turned Havana into Atlanta…Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance…Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s—t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”
When pressed on whether Obama spoke with Jay-Z about Cuba at all, Carney insisted he did not.
“It’s a song,” he said. “The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.”
“In fact, the president and Jay-Z have not spoken in some time,” Carney added, making it clear the president ceased communications after coming across a YouTube video of Beyonce’s pregnant stomach that “deeply troubled him.”
“The president’s certainly not a doctor,” Carney said, “but he has seen a woman who’s pregnant before. With a real baby. [Gently places microphone on the ground.] I was supposed to drop that but thought it might break. Forgive me, Mr. President.”