Jay-Z and Beyonce recently hopped on their private jet at the Clearport, while rocking countless designer labels, kissed their beautiful baby Blue goodbye and jetted off to Cuba–where a trade embargo imposed by our government keeps U.S. tourists from vacationing on the Caribbean island. Obviously, rules and/or laws don’t apply for the Carters.
Two Republican representatives for south Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart have an issue with Beyonce and her hubby escaping to Cuba, so they wrote a letter (below) to the Obama administration’s Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control challenging how the Carters managed to bypass the trade embargo and visit the communist country. While its not completely impossible to travel to Cuba as an American tourist, there are certain rules and guidelines one must meet first.
In recent years, President Obama loosened the ties to Cuba under the trade embargo. According to the revised terms, Americans can visit the island, though trips are still restricted to academic, religious or cultural exchanges in which participants must have a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba.” And this is what the Carters are calling their trip–a “cultural exchange.”
Come on–we’ve seen the photos! Jay-Z’s Cubano-smoking, hat-wearing, short shorts rocking ways all add up to their cultural experience in Cuba. Not to mention, the couple reportedly salsa danced the night away at a local club called Casa de la Musica.
Check out the letter to the Obama administration by two Republican reps:
“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. […]
Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people.
The restrictions on tourism travel are common-sense measures meant to prevent US dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes US security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly and belief.
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.”
What do you beauties think–are Jay & Bey above the law? Should their trip be investigated?
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