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Marco Rubio wants answers over Beyonce/Jay-Z Cuba trip



Reuters is reporting American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z's trip to Havana last week was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department. That has Sen. Marco Rubio wanting answers.

Rubio: “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.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:29am]


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