The fiasco behind Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Cuba trip isn’t going to going away anytime soon.
Even when the Treasury Department officially cleared the trip as a cultural travel for educational purposes, Sen. Marco Rubio argues during his appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, “the ridiculousness of the laws that we have in place.”
He continues, “We are allowing people to travel to Cuba as tourists. They’re delivering hard currency to a tyrannical regime who then turns around and uses that to oppress its people.”
Jay and Bey were down in Havana celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. After requests from two Republican lawmakers, the U.S. Treasury revealed the pair was able to take the trip through a “people-to-people license,” which restricts travelers to a certain itinerary.
“Quite frankly, I think it’s hypocritical of the people who took that trip, because they didn’t go down there and meet with some of the people that are actually in trouble today,” he said on Sunday.
“There’s a rapper in Cuba; there’s a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is on a hunger strike and has been persecuted because he has political lyrics in his songs,” he continued. “And I wish they would have met with him. If they really wanted to know what was going on in Cuba, they should have met with some of the people that are suffering there, not simply smoke cigars and take a stroll down the street.”