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White House Press Secretary Responds To Jay-Z Lyric

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

After their anniversary trip to Cuba, Jay-Z and Beyonce have faced some serious backlash from politicians that claim they broke the law by going to the island.

Jay-Z recorded a song called “Open Letter” where he spoke on the issue and rapped, “Boy from the hood but got White House clearance,Obama said chill you’re going to get me impeached.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney got asked a question about the rapper’s lyrics on Thursday.

“It’s a song,” Carney said during his daily briefing. “The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.” Carney laughed off the implication that the White House had anything to do with the rapper’s vacation. “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,” Carney joked. “Because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel as you know, and the White House has nothing to do with it.”

The Treasury Department did confirm that the couple sought permission from them to visit the country.

“It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group,” the department wrote in a letter obtained by the Miami Herald.

I.M.

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