Beyoncé and Jay Z Cleared Of Possible Sanction Violations For 2013 Cuba Trip.

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The Beyhive can breathe a sigh of relief, it looks like Knowles-Carters are safe, until the next controversy, of course. In case you forgot, in 2013, Jay and Bey took a trip to Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary and Conservatives weren’t happy about it. Specifically, Sen. Marco Rubio and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, all Republicans and Cuban-Americans, claimed that this power couple had used their influence, and friendship with the President, to skirt travel regulations restrictions imposed on Americans visiting Cuba. The United States Treasury countered that the trip was okay, as it was part of an ongoing Cultural Exchange Program. Jay Z even brushed off any concerns over his trip in a song called “Open Letter”, rapping,

I done turned Havana to Atlanta/
Guayabera shirts and bandanas/

Boy from the hood but got White House clearance

Obama said “Chill, you gonna get me impeached”/
But you don’t need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach/

In a statement released by the U.S. Treasury Department, roughly 1 year and 4 months after the controversial trip, the department states there is “no indication” that Jay Z and Beyoncé violated United States Sanctions by visiting Cuba in 2013.

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