Singer and popular recording artist Gloria Estefan paid President Donald Trump an unexpected compliment, thanking him for his wisdom.
Estefan, a Cuban-American performer, and songwriter with phenomenal hit songs in the 80s to 90s from dance tunes to heartfelt emotional songs including “Dr. Beat”, “Conga”, “Words Get in the Way”, “Can’t Stay Away from You”, “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”, “Get on Your Feet”, and “Anything for You”, expressed her appreciation over the President’s decision to skip the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
It was the first time in 20 years for a sitting U.S. president to miss the event. Estefan commented positively on Trump’s move. The singer said: “You know what I am thankful that he did that. Because it took away controversy from the mix.”
Although the controversy part is merely coming out from the critics of the President. Still, Estefan added: “And you have somebody like Norman Lear that’s 95 and has worked his whole life to get that award. To get it mixed up with the stuff that has nothing to do with the reason we are all there… It was nice of the President to give us that. That was a very nice thing to do.”
Estefan was one of those honored at the annual celebration of artistic excellence, along with Lionel Richie and rapper LL Cool J. Norman Lear- a fierce Trump critic, and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade.
President Trump announced as early as August that he would skip the event. A statement from the White House then said: “The President and First lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.” The First Couple also extended their congratulations, as the statement added: “First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”
The President’s intentional absence meant in the end that the spotlight remained on the honorees, and that’s perhaps the President’s own way of showing respect to renowned artists, whether they support him or not.