White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to comment on why Jay-Z and Beyonce were allowed to travel to Cuba for what appeared to be the kind of tourist trip banned under current U.S. travel restrictions.
“Decisions made about cultural travel and academic travel are made by the Treasury Department,” Carney said today during the press briefing. “It’s not something we have any insight into or comment on.”
Two Republicans — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., — wrote a letter to Treasury probing the travel permission.
“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” they wrote. “We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.”