A few hours after the death of Aretha Franklin, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 76, US President Donald Trump in his tribute revealed that Herman Franklin had worked for him on many occasions.
“I want to start by expressing my condolences to the family of this person I knew well. She has worked for me on many occasions. She was great, “Donald Trump told White House journalists.
“She has brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will be an inspiration for many generations to come. She had received a great gift from God, her voice, and she used it well. People liked Aretha. She was a special woman, “he added.
However, Trump’s claim that Aretha Franklin had worked for him remains vague. In 1997, they took a picture together during the inauguration of the Trump Tower but we can not really say that the singer worked for him. So it’s impossible to know what Donald Trump was referring to.
Trump’s tribute to the singer was in contrast to the one made public by former President Barack Obama and his wife.
“In his voice, we could read our History, in its entirety and in all its nuances: our power and our sorrows, our dark side and our light, our quest for redemption and the respect won with difficulty. “
Franklin sang at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, but would have refused to do the same for Donald Trump.
According to Daily Beast, the singer had declared that no amount of money would convince her to sing on the occasion of Donald Trump’s inauguration.