President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of reporters about legendary singer Aretha Franklin soon after she died Thursday morning.
He offered his “warmest best wishes and sympathies” and told the assembled reporters that he knew her well and that she worked for him. It is not clear what he meant by that statement, and when, if ever, Franklin was under his employment. Per the Hill, she did perform at one of his Atlantic City casinos in the 1980s.
He added that her “legacy will thrive and inspire” coming generations. He also tweeted his condolences.
Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.