Drunk in Cuba

U.S. Treasury Is Cool with Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Cuba Trip

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have 99 problems, but blah blah violation of a 50-year trade embargo with Cuba blah blah ain’t one. (But divorce rumors are a problem!)

Now that we got the “99 Problems” joke out of the way, let’s get back to the real story: after an investigation, the U.S. Treasury announced today that Jay-Z and Beyoncé did not violate any sanctions when they visited Cuba back in 2013. Considering how cool they are with Barack Obama, their trip was seen by many as the President literally going to Cuba — or, in any case, an acknowledgement by the entertainment world’s most powerful couple that Cuba is cool with them.

While the trip had been cleared with the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (it was classified as a “cultural exchange”), some killjoy lawmakers had asked the Treasury to make sure that the trip was actually legal, and that the U.S. didn’t accidentally capitulate to a country they’d levied harsh sanctions against for fifty years. (Their biggest complaint, according to the Wall Street Journal: that images of “the couple hearing live music and dancing…would be used as propaganda by Cuba’s regime.”

In a statement, the Treasury said that the OFAC’s “determination that there was no apparent violation of U.S. sanctions with respect to Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba was reasonable.”

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