Nicki Minaj in War of Words With White House Over Invite Claim: 'Why Would I Lie?'

A war of words has erupted between Nicki Minaj and the White House after the rapper refuted claims she was only invited for a phone call and not in person.

The "Anaconda" hitmaker has been dominating headlines this week after her tweet about the COVID-19 vaccine and its alleged adverse effects on a family friend in Trinidad went viral.

Both the U.K. and U.S. governments are involved as well as the Trinidad and Tobago health minister after Minaj was mentioned by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference on Tuesday.

Minaj continues to defend herself following her tweet about the vaccine causing impotence which has been widely debunked and even disputed by the Trinidad and Tobago health minister.

She then told fans that the White House invited her for a visit to discuss COVID following the scale of the reaction to her tweet.

"The White House has invited me & I think it's a step in the right direction. Yes, I'm going. I'll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business," she tweeted on Wednesday. "I'll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3."

After this is when she claims to have been put in "Twitter jail," however a Twitter spokesperson has refuted that claim.

"Twitter did not take any enforcement action on the account referenced," a spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek.

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Singer Nicki Minaj attends the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The White House then confirmed it offered Minaj a phone call with medical experts, not a visit.

"As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine," a White House official said in a statement to NBC.

However, Minaj has now taken to Twitter to insist she was indeed invited to visit the White House but that she offered a "Live" instead as she doesn't want to travel due to coronavirus.

"Do y'all think that I would go on the Internet and lie about being invited to the ... White House?" the 38-year-old performer said on her Instagram stories.

Minaj explained: "We'd like to offer Nicki an invitation to come to the White house to speak with two people... the two names... um, what is that man's name... Dr. Fauci and with the surgeon general."

She continued: "And do you know what I said? I said, 'Well, I would rather not have to travel, can we do something like a [Instagram] Live' and they said that they're open to me to choosing a platform to do a Live but they never have taken that off the table for me to come to the White House."

Responding to the White House's statement, she added: "And then just imagine someone saying, 'Oh, no, we offered Nicki Minaj the same phone call we offer everybody else.' What? You think they would offer that to Mookie in the projects. No. 'Everybody else.'

"And I see why a lot of celebrities keep themselves bubbled up. You understand? We're living in a place without free healthcare. So anybody in this country has the right to question anything about their health."

When contacted by Newsweek, a White House official confirmed: "As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine."

Update 08/16/21, 9:10 a.m ET: This article was updated to include the response from a While House official.