Carney On Jay-Z And Beyonce's Cuba Trip: "The White House Has Nothing To Do With It"


DONOVAN SLACK, POLITICO: I just want to return to Beyonce and Jay-Z. Jay-Z released a rap today, I know the other day you said that Treasury was the one that cleared their trip, he suggested that he got White House permission – that he personally spoke with the president. I’ll just quote: “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 expletive anyway, chill with me on the beach."

JAY CARNEY: 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.

SLACK: So are you saying that he did not, the president, did not have a conversation with Jay-Z?

JAY CARNEY: I am absolutely saying that the White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody's personal -- anybody's travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles.

SLACK: You can't rhyme that?

CARNEY: It's a song, Donovan. The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.

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