Congress members demand investigation into Beyonce and Jay-Z's Cuba trip
Two conservative congressional representatives from Florida want Beyonce and Jay-Z to prove that they had a permit from the U.S. government to visit Cuba over their wedding anniversary. After photos of the couple in Havana made headlines last week, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart wrote to the Treasury Department demanding "information regarding the type of license that Beyonce and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel." Although Reuters has reported that Cuba's tourism ministry invited Bey and Jay, the letter details why Americans are generally prohibited from traveling there.
"The restrictions on tourism travel are common-sense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly and belief," wrote the reps in their statement. "Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple's trip as tourism."