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Minaj disputes White House claim rapper only offered call, not visit about COVID vaccine concerns

"Do y’all think I was lying about going to the White House," Minaj said on a social media post.

Updated: September 16, 2021 - 10:47pm

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday singer/songwriter Nicki Minaj has been offered a conversation with a doctor over concerns about a possible COVID-19 vaccine reaction, but not an official White House visit, as Minaj has said.

"We don’t see this as a point of contention," said Psaki during a press briefing, further saying the White House frequently, and occasionally behind the scenes, engages with influencers and others with a large audience platform.  

The Trinidad-born Minaj tweeted Monday that she had been invited to the White House, after complaining about the Met Gala's vaccine requirements and saying a friend of a family member became impotent after getting inoculated. 

A White House official on Wednesday told The Los Angeles Times, "As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine."

Minaj said in a Instagram post late Wednesday in response to the White House saying she had been invited only to a phone call: "Do y’all think I was lying about going to the White House, like what?” 

She also said two people on her business team were on the call.

Psaki also said Thursday the call would be about the "safety and effectiveness" of the vaccine. 

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