White House says it had "nothing to do with" Cuba trip, despite Jay-Z rap
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 00:51
Apr 11 - White House says it never gave Jay-Z and Beyonce clearance to travel to Cuba after Jay-Z makes that claim in a rap. Bob Mezan reports.
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White House spokesman Jay Carney has denied that the White House gave Beyonce and Jay-Z clearance to travel to Cuba, after Jay-Z made that claim in a new song.
SOUNDBITE: White House Spokesman Jay Carney saying (English):
"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."
Jay- Z had responded to the uproar around the trip by releasing a song called "Open Letter," which address the incident. The lyrics includes lines "Obama said chill, 'You gonna' get me impeached" and "Wanna give me jail time and a fine, fine, let me commit a real crime." Americans are not allowed to travel to Cuba except under certain circumstances.
The U.S. Treasury Department said it approved the couple's trip as an educational exchange.
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