At a meeting of his cabinet in the White House on the same day as Franklin's death, Trump said:
"I want to start today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew very well. worked for me several times, it was great, Aretha Franklin. "
According to The Washington Post, Trump's remark was controversial. And not only because it can hardly be considered "working for him" the fact that he presented himself on some of his properties (as the singer did), but because she would indeed have worked for him, it is not a relevant fact to emphasize on the day of his death.
David Ritz, who wrote a biography of Aretha Franklin, with whom he shared several years, described the remark of the president as "disturbing" and "sad", in addition to being a reflection of his " infinite narcissism " quotes the same newspaper from the capital.
On Twitter, Trump also complained about the disappearance of the interpreter, one of the most praised not only in the United States, but on the entire planet. In the social network the president wrote:
The queen of the soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a wonderful woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!
– Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
The Queen of the Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died. She was a wonderful woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. He will be missed! "
Vanity Fair compared Trump's words (not Twitter's of course) with other friendlier ones that were pronounced by celebrities around the world, such as Paul McCartney, who named Franklin as" the queen of our souls " Madeleine Albright, who described her as "an incredible ambassador of American values and culture" and Barack Obama, who said that with his voice you could feel the history of the country.
The famous singer died 76 years after several days of rumors about his health and after the fight against cancer