12:18 PM PT -- White House press secretary Jen Psaki was just asked at her daily press briefing if the WH extended Nicki an invitation, as she claimed. Psaki doubled down and said all they did was offer her a call so doctors could answer any questions she had about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
12:18 PM PT -- Psaki added, "It was simply an offer to have a conversation."
Nicki Minaj's tweet about her cousin's friend becoming impotent and getting swollen testicles has really blown up ... to the point where she's getting chided both on American soil and beyond.
Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh blasted the rapper Wednesday, calling her claim about one person's alleged side effect of the COVID vaccine on the Caribbean island bogus.
The health minister said the reason it took his department a couple days to respond is because they were looking into Minaj's comments, adding ... "Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim."
As you know ... Nicki's received major backlash ever since she tweeted about why she's hesitant to get vaccinated, which included the anecdote about her cousin's friend in Trinidad.
It led to senior health officials like Dr. Faucicondemning her unscientific claim, but Nicki later claimed she was invited to The White House to speak with medical experts and get educated on the vax.
However, a WH official later clarified that it did NOT extend an invite for Minaj to visit, but simply offered to hop on a phone call to discuss questions about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccine after her tweets.
Nicki has not taken too kindly to this clarification, and responded with a 14-minute Instagram video claiming she was invited ... and suggesting she's being made out to look like a liar.
For what it's worth, Nicki also claimed her Twitter account had been suspended, but the company denied taking any action against the account.