By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Jay-Z and Beyonce celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary recently with a trip to Cuba but now the power couple may be in trouble with the U.S. government reps after their excursion. We just assumed that Hov got Obama on the phone before booking the trip to get the greenlight.
According to the NY Times, two Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, have asked Adam J. Szubin, the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department, about how the duo received a license to visit Cuba.
“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,” claim the Reps. Americans can only go to Cuba for authorized reasons. The NY Times reports that those who violate the travel ban can get up to a 10-year prison sentence or a $250,000 fine. Many Americans violate the ban by traveling to an intermediary country and then going to Cuba from there.
The Havana Times shares that Bey and Jay enjoyed a dinner at the famous La Guarida private restaurant, a walk through Old Havana and visits with the Danza Contemporanea Troupe. Fans crowded around the famous pair and took to calling out Beyonce’s name until she finally came out into the balcony to wave hello to the throng. Snapshots of Bey and Jay showed them enjoying the trip including, one flick of Jay puffing away on a Cuban cigar.