Rubio Calls Beyonce, Jay-Z’s Trip To Cuba “Hypocritical”

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Beyonce and husband Jay-Z spent their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba. (Courtesy: La Guarida restaurant staff, Havana, Cuba)

Beyonce and husband Jay-Z spent their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba. (Courtesy: La Guarida restaurant staff, Havana, Cuba)

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WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z missed a chance to see firsthand the effects of political oppression when they recently visited Cuba, according to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

The Republican lawmaker from Florida called their recent trip “hypocritical” and he takes issue with the U.S. government’s approval of the visit as a cultural mission.

Beyonce and Jay-Z marked their wedding anniversary in Havana last week.

U.S. citizens aren’t allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips. These people-to-people licenses were reinstated under the Obama administration.

Rubio, a Cuban-American, says such trips provide money to the Castro government to oppress the Cuban people.

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