Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s celebration of their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba prompted a pair of Republican lawmakers to demand an investigation of the trip. Last Friday (April 5), Florida Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department inquiring about the superstars’ jaunt to the island nation.
In the letter to Foreign Assets Control director Adam J. Szubin, the congresspersons wasted no time in directing the aim of their concerns in the opening paragraph.
A portion of Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart’s letter to Szubin:
We write to express concern and to request information regarding the highly publicized trip by U.S. musicians Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Beyoncé) 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 Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.
Because of Cuba’s previous open support of terrorism and its state-run tourism industry, the lawmakers addressed the longtime ban on tourist trips to Cuba and stating that monies spent there fund “oppression” by the Cuban regime. In past times, the government has granted special travel visas for Americans traveling to the nation for religious, cultural or academic reasons.
By all appearances, Jay and Bey’s trip looked like a simple vacation. It has not yet been revealed under which federal rule they were allowed to visit the country.
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