A high profile fifth wedding anniversary trip by singers Beyonce and Jay Z has led to plenty of controversy including by Cuban American U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. It appears that the music power couple had previous Treasury Department clearance to travel to Cuba, which is generally off-limits to most American tourists.
Some U.S. politicians are deeply concerned that the Cuban government may have used the visit by the couple for government propaganda purposes.
Partly because of the long-running U.S. embargo as well as the complete failure of the Castro brother Cuban dictators to improve the Cuban economy as they had promised when they seized power back in 1959, many Cuban workers earn just $20 a month, although prices for housing and food are quite low in this tightly controlled economy. Medical care is generally free, although often lacks quality as well as many medicines. Relatives of hospital patients often have to bring their own medical supplies from home because of the lack of so many basic materials.
It is highly unlikely that either Beyonce or Jay Z will be facing any legal consequences for their visit since it appeared to be authorized by an agency of the U.S. government. But, the visit will only continue to remain a political controversy for the next few days at least.