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Two Members of Congress Want Details on Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s Cuba Trip


Jay-Z and Beyoncé wanted to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary by taking a trip to Cuba. Throughout last week, the musical power couple were seen in various photographs as they toured the capital city of Havana. Now two Republican members of Congress want to know if they got permission to go overseas.

In order for Jay-Z and Beyoncé to travel, they must obtain a license from the federal government to make the trip, which is required under a U.S. trade embargo in Cuba. Reuters reports that U.S. representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter on Friday asking Adam Szubin, who is Director of the Office of Foreign Assets, for “information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”

Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen are representatives of districts in Florida where a Cuban-American population is prominent.

“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,” the letter said. “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.”

Currently, the State Department claimed no knowledge of the trip by Jay-Z and Beyoncé. The couple could face a fine if they failed to fill out the proper paperwork.

[via Reuters and Rolling Stone]

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