The White House said it offered Nicki Mnaj a call with medical professionals, and not a visit. This is after Minaj, a Grammy-nominated artist, claimed Wednesday that she was invited to visit the White House following her inaccurate claims regarding the Covid vaccine.
A White House official said that NBC News offered Minaj a phone call to answer questions about the safety and effectiveness of Covid vaccine. This was after Minaj posted several tweets earlier in the week which caused Twitter to temporarily suspend her account.
” “As we do with other people, we offered Nicki Minaj and one our doctors a call to answer any questions she may have about the safety or effectiveness of the vaccine,” a White House official stated.
Minaj stated earlier Wednesday that she was “invited” by the White House, and she indicated that she was going.
The rapper posted on Instagram late Wednesday that she was being offered a visit. She replied that she would prefer not to travel and suggested an Instagram Live, but it was never offered.
” Do you think I would lie about being invited at the White House? She said.
Minaj made these erroneous statements this week explaining why she didn’t attend this year’s Met Gala .. One post by the rapper stated that she had tested positive for Covid and told her fans she didn’t want to risk her baby. Minaj and Kenneth Petty welcomed their first child last year ..
” They want you to be vaccinated for Met. It won’t be for the Met if I get vaccinated. Once I feel that I have done enough research, it will be. That’s what I’m currently working on. Be safe, my love. The mask has 2 strings that can be worn to grip your head and face. In one tweet, she said that the mask was not loose.
The rapper also shared a story about her cousin in Trinidad, who received the vaccine and “became impotent.” “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its most updated information page on vaccinations that there is “currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, also debunked the claim during an interview Tuesday on CNN.
“There is no evidence it actually happens or any mechanistic reason for it to happen,” he stated. “So the answer to your question is no.”
He added, “There’s a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media, and the only way we know to counter mis- and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information,” he said. These kinds of claims may not be true, but I want to debunk them. She should not be blamed for her actions, but she should think twice before spreading information that has no basis. “
Dartunorro Clark covers politics, including the Covid-19 recovery, for NBC News.