Trump Offers ‘Best Warmest Wishes’ For Aretha Franklin, Says She Worked For Him

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07:  Aretha Franklin performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala - Show at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala - Show at Cathedral of St. John ... NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Aretha Franklin performs on stage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala - Show at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage) MORE LESS
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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.

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