President Donald Trump breaks silence over Aretha Franklin's death

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 17, 2018
08:07 A.M.

After Aretha Franklin was said to have passed on, many celebrities and fans took to social media to share their condolences. The President of the US Donald Trump also did likewise.


He took to Twitter to share that she was a “great woman” who would "be missed." However, during a press conference on the same day, he gave a passionless speech about the star.

On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump offered his condolences to Aretha Franklin’s family on her passing.

He said, “I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing.”

Trump added that the Queen of Soul “brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come.”


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The President stated that she had been given a great gift from God, her voice, which she used well.

“People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family,” Trump concluded his speech.

People were confused by what he meant when he said she’d worked for him. There were no records that showed that she had been employed by him.


Franklin performed at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in the 1990s according to the Press of Atlantic City. The New York Daily News also reported that in 1997 she attended a private event hosted by Trump to celebrate the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York.


However, she was paid for any performances she did and never worked for Trump. The President also took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

He shared again in a detached comment that she had a “wonderful gift” – her voice, and added that she would be missed. Former Presidents like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and their wives all shared heartfelt condolences about the singer’s death.

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