Jay-Z and Beyoncé don't make moves unless all of the details are in order, especially when visiting a country where most Americans aren't even allowed. Before heading to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary last week, the Carters received proper licensing from the U.S. government.
Sources close to the situation revealed that the U.S. Treasury Department approved the controversial trip on grounds that it was a cultural excursion.
Many Americans are blocked from entering Cuba's shores because of a longstanding U.S. trade embargo. Hip hop's favorite power couple got around this rule by citing the jaunt as a "people-to-people" cultural visit where they would tour the island nation, but would not be meeting with members of the Cuban government.
With each step being captured by photographers and droves of fans greeting them at every location, Jay and Bey still played the typical tourist role. They ate out at restaurants, went to beaches, and visited the Old City of Havana, led by Miguel Coyula, a top architect in the city.
But even with the proper paperwork, some are still calling for President Obama to step in.
Republican Senator Macro Rubio — one of three GOP figures blasting the Cuba trip — wants the Obama administration to explain "exactly how trips like these comply with U.S. law and regulations governing travel to Cuba."
The president's administration has yet to comment on the matter.
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