Lawmakers are enraged at hip hop stars Beyonce and Jay Z who traveled to Cuba, where they celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary earlier this week.
Beyonce and Jay Z seemed blissfully unaware of all the drama raging in Congress. The couple held hands and strolled through Havana streets greeting children and lunching at Cuban cafe’s as if they were visiting dignitaries.
But they are in for a rude awakening if they thought the Cuban government would give them a pass.
“In all likelihood, their hotel rooms were bugged and they were probably escorted or followed around 24 hours a day,” wrote a reporter on the anti-Castro website Babalú.
The embargo prohibiting American tourists from traveling to communist Cuba was put in place by then President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
In order for American tourists to bypass the embargo and travel directly to Cuba from the U.S. they must book their trips through a third country, like Mexico or Canada.
But Americans risk a hefty fine from the U.S. Treasury Department, which doesn’t allow Americans to bypass the restrictions and go to Cuba independently.
The 51-year trade embargo against Cuba is still active, effectively blocking all American companies from doing business with Cuba.
Several Miami-area representatives expressed outrage at Beyonce and Jay Z’s trip to Cuba. Miami Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said such trips were part of Cuba’s “indoctrination” of Americans.
Cuba has been ruled by dictator Fidel Castro since 1959. Castro’s brother Raul was named president of Cuba amidst reports of Castro’s failing health.
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