U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is demanding the Obama administration explain how musical superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s recent propaganda-filled trip to communist Cuba was approved by the Treasury Department as a “cultural” visit.
BizPac Review reported Saturday the celebrity couple celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week, though Americans are still banned from traveling to Cuba for purely tourist reasons.
The Treasury Department announced Monday the trip was “fully licensed” under the administration’s cultural exchange program.
Rubio is now questioning the administration’s compliance with “U.S. law and regulations governing travel” to a “cruel, repressive and murderous regime.”
Rubio’s statement was published Monday on his website:
U.S. law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive and murderous regime. Since their inception, the Obama Administration’s ‘people to people’ cultural exchange programs have been abused by tourists who have no interest in the Cuban people’s freedom and either don’t realize or don’t care that they’re essentially funding the regime’s systematic trampling of people’s human rights.
According to recent news reports, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Cuba trip, which the regime seized on for propaganda purposes, was fully licensed by the Treasury Department. If true, the Obama Administration should explain exactly how trips like these comply with U.S. law and regulations governing travel to Cuba and it should disclose how many more of these trips they have licensed.