Jay Z vs. Jay C: WH Spokesman Denies Rapper’s Implied Communication with Obama on Cuba Trip

April 11, 2013 - 3:11 PM

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This April 4, 2013 file photo shows married musicians Beyonce, left, and rapper Jay-Z as they tour Old Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, file)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “The president did not communicate with Jay Z” about the controversial trip that the rapper and wife Beyonce took to Cuba.

U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba, but can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips. The Treasury Department announced on Tuesday it licensed the couple to go to Cuba after Florida Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) demanded more information on why they were allowed to travel.

On Thursday, Jay Z released a rap titled “Open Letter” responding to the three Florida Republicans.

“Want to give me jail time and a fine, let me commit a real crime,” Jay Z said before he referenced a conversation with Obama. “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gona’ get me impeached, you don't need this (expletive) anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”

Asked about it during the press briefing Thursday, Carney responded, “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury.”

Carney stressed that it is the Treasury Department that gives license to go to Cuba.

“I am absolutely saying that the White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody’s personal travel, anybody’s travel,” Carney continued.

Carney was pressed further on the supposed conversation in the rap.

“The president did not communicate with Jay Z,” Carney said.

Jay Z and Beyonce are supporters of President Barack Obama, and Beyonce sang at the second inauguration in January.