Last week, Jay-Z and Beyonce took a trip to Havana to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary and try out some salsa moves. It seemed like a romantic getaway until Republican members of Congress started questioning the validity of their trip, deeming it "tourism."
Reuters reported that U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart—who both hail from Florida—sent a letter to the Office of Foreign Assets Control for the U.S. Treasury Department asking for, "information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel." A travel license is a requirement to travel to Cuba under a U.S. trade embargo against the country.
This morning, during a press conference, President Obama's Press Secretary Jay Carney actually had to field questions about Hov and Bey's trip.
Jay Carney gets a question about Jay-Z and Beyone's Cuba trip— Reid Pillifant (@reidpillifant) April 8, 2013
And he wasn't the only one.
State Dept deputy spox Patrick Ventrell won't comment on Jay-Z/Beyonce trip to Cuba. Refers reporters to Treasury.— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) April 8, 2013
However, Reuters got to the bottom of the story to show that the trip was in fact legal.
Report: Visit to Cuba by Beyoncé and Jay-Z was licensed by US Treasury Department for cultural purposes - @reuters — Breaking News (@BreakingNews) April 8, 2013
So umm...friends in high places? Shit, Jigga didn't help Obama win Ohio for nothing now did he? Besides, he's got five passports, he's never going to jail.