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Obama Press Secretary Responds To Jay-Z’s Cuba Rap Says White House Not Involved

Jay-z-Beyonce412It seems that Jay-Z had a bone to pick with a few people in regard to his trip to Cuba with wife, Beyoncé. He was so disturbed by the current turn of events that he expressed  it in song. On Thursday the rapper released a rap song in which he states, “I done turned Havana into Atlanta.”  “Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance.”  The rap goes on to say, “Politicians never did s— for me except lie to me, distort history, wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime. … Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached.’ You don’t need this s— anyway, chill with me on the beach.'”

The release of the song sparked an odd exchange between President Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney and reporters. One reporter read the lyrics aloud. Carney jokingly responded saying, “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury.” He then cleared up any speculation saying, “The White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody’s … travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles.” Carney reminded everyone that it was just a song adding, “The president’s not communicating with Jay-Z over this trip.”

Florida lawmakers, in particular, were up in arms about the couple’s trip to Cuba.  Sen. Marco Rucio wanted to make it clear to everyone that the couple’s trip was of serious concern. In a statement this week he said, “U.S. law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive and murderous regime. Since their inception, the Obama Administration’s ‘people to people’ cultural exchange programs have been abused by tourists who have no interest in the Cuban people’s freedom and either don’t realize or don’t care that they’re essentially funding the regime’s systematic trampling of people’s human rights.”

The Department of Treasury cleared up the issue immediately and confirmed that the couple was there on official business.

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City and a supporter of  One Billion Rising

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