Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:00:00 GMT | By AFP

US senator slams Cuba trip by Beyonce, Jay-Z

Republican Party Senator Marco Rubio says travel policies need to be tightened because they are being abused


US senator slams Cuba trip by Beyonce, Jay-Z (© Reuters)

Washington: US Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday railed against the recent trip to Cuba by pop diva Beyonce and hip-hop star Jay-Z, calling for stricter rules against travel to the communist-run island. "I won't rap it, but I'll say, first of all, I think Jay-Z needs to get informed," Rubio told ABC News's "This Week," saying he wished the performer had met with "people who are being oppressed."

"The travel policies need to be tightened because they are being abused," said Rubio, a rising star in the Republican Party who was born in Cuba.

"These are tourist trips, and what they are doing is providing hard currency and funding so that a tyrannical regime can maintain its grip on the island of Cuba," he said.

Rubio, who is widely seen as a possible 2016 presidential contender, made his remarks as he ran a gauntlet of Sunday talk show appearances to discuss proposals to reform the country's immigration system.

Beyonce and Jay-Z visited historical landmarks in the heart of Old Havana, snapped pictures and spoke with local residents during a visit earlier this month that coincided with their fifth wedding anniversary.

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