Inquiring Minds Want To Know: Were Beyonce And Jay-Z In Cuba Legally? | Talking Points Memo

Updated 3:08 p.m.

Two of the world’s most famous musicians, Beyonce and Jay-Z, made headlines last week when they visited Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary. American citizens are generally prohibited by the half-century-old economic embargo from traveling to the communist island nation unless the visit meets specific criteria. TPM cannot confirm whether Jay-Z and Beyonce obtained a license to visit Cuba. Reuters has reported an unnamed source in the Treasury Department said the couple was given a license to visit Cuba for an unspecified purpose, but, as of this writing, a spokesman for Treasury stood by earlier claims they cannot comment on specific licenses.Their trip prompted Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), both of whom represent large Cuban-American populations in Florida, to write a joint letter Friday to the Treasury Department, which oversees the travel restrictions on Cuba, demanding “information regarding the type of license that Beyonce and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”

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