Jay-Z’s new song “Open Letter” might be his response to the criticism surrounding his and Beyoncé’s recent trip to Cuba, but the White House notes that people probably shouldn’t take every verse of the song so literally.
On the song, Jay-Z raps, “Boy from the hood but got White House clearance,” in reference to the lawmakers who questioned whether or not the couple had the right licenses to travel to the Communist country. It was later confirmed by the U.S. Treasury that the trip was “fully licensed.”
In a press conference held yesterday (April 11), Jay Carney, the President’s Press Secretary, addressed the validity of Jay-Z’s statement. “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel, as you know, and the White House has nothing to do with it,” Carney joked.
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