There has been a huge uproar about the recent trip to Cuba by Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce. Some reports say they were given access to things that Cuba citizens do not have access to, and the does not sit well with Cubans on the island and here in the States.
United States Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart have questions about the type of license Jay-Z and Beyonce used to tour Cuba, and claim it disrespects some Americans.
Jay-Z and Beyonce celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba last week. The celebrity couple appeared in numerous photographs on their tour to the capital city of Havana. Move forward one week, and now a few members of Congress want answers.
Reuters reports that on Friday (April 5) United States Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, asked Adam Szubin, who serves as Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, for “information regarding the type of license that Beyonce and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”
Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen are both Republican members of Congress, both representing districts in Florida with high Cuban-American populations.
“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” read the letter. “We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro Regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.”
Last week, the State Department claimed no knowledge of the trip by the high-profile couple, who have been public supporters of President Barack Obama since his first term candidacy.