Everyone knows about power-couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, so whenever they take off on vacation the entire world knows about it. The infamous couple decided to take their latest vacation, in honor of their fifth anniversary, in Cuba. The couple’s trip raised some questions among the conservative voices in the White House.
Several photos of the couple spending time in Cuba leaked recently and two Republican members of the House of Representatives called for the Obama administration to investigate. Questions were raised on whether or not the couple’s trip violated United States sanctions against citizens visiting the communist country.
Both Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart wrote a letter expressing their concerns. “We write to express concern and to request information regarding the highly publicized trip by United States musicians Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) to Cuba. We would like to respectfully request, within all applicable rules and guidelines, information regarding the type of license that Beyonce and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel…”
The letter continued to state that tourism in Cuba is strictly prohibited because money spent within the country would directly fund oppression and brutality against the Cuban people. It was clear that the couple’s trip to Cuba was tourism, even though it’s prohibited. Pictures show the couple relaxing and walking around with a camera in Beyonce’s hand and a cigar in Jay-Z’s. While the letter doesn’t come right out and say it, another factor is the couple’s relationship with the Obama family. Jay-Z and Beyonce are big supporters of President Obama so some speculate that the couple received special treatment that allowed them to take the trip.
Several bans have been enforced over the years that restrict travel to Cuba. It’s not impossible, but it isn’t easy. You can’t simply book a flight to Cuba. United States citizens are barred from spending money down there.
There are still legal ways for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba. According to Tom Popper of travel company Insight Cuba, “All a U.S. citizen has to do is sign up for an authorized program and they can go to Cuba.” So it’s safe to say the celebrity couple scheduled their Cuban excursion in a legal manner. The Treasury Department released a statement saying the Carters took an “educational exchange trip” and that while visiting they spent time at a children’s theatre company, an arts institute and a dance group.
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