'Open Letter'

White House Denies Clearance of Jay-Z Cuba Trip

Jay-Z may not care about the public outcry surrounding his trip to Cuba, but the White House apparently does. After the rapper released a new track, “Open Letter,” defending his vacation with his wife, Beyoncé, Twitter was abuzz dissecting the lyrics. In particular, critics picked apart the claim that he received clearance from the White House before departing. Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke out Thursday afternoon to deny the claim, quipping: "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury." Carney then confirmed that no one “from the president on down” had anything to do with the trip to Cuba.