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Ros-Lehtinen Still Insists Jay-Z, Beyoncé in Cuba "Was a Wedding Anniversary Vacation Not Even Disguised as a Cultural Program"

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She demanded answers. And she got them. And she's still not satisfied.

Pissed about "the highly publicized trip by U.S. musicians Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Beyoncé) and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) to Cuba," South Floridian member of the U.S. Congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) bashed the Carters for spending all them tourist dollas in Castro's Cuba.

She even phoned in to TMZ Live to ask the Obama administration: "What kind of license was issued to Beyoncé and Jay-Z that would have allowed them to visit to Cuba?"

And even though the Treasury Department has finally confirmed that the supercouple's "educational exchange trip" was indeed "authorized," Ros-Lehtinen isn't letting go.

UPDATE Jay-Z's finally responded to his Cuba haters with a new track called "Open Letter" and words like, "Obama said, 'Chill, you gon get me impeached.'"

UPDATE #2 Pitbull has dropped a rap response to Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba visit, offering to pay for the trip.

UPDATE #3 Problem Kids have released "Useful Idiot" about Jay-Z: "The real cuba is not what he portrayed"

UPDATE #4 Obama has commented on Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba, saying: ""This is not something the White House was involved with. We've got better things to do."

See also:

-Jay-Z, Beyoncé in Cuba "Funds Machinery of Oppression," Say Florida Reps

-Marco Rubio: Jay-Z, Beyoncé "Tourists Who Have No Interest in Cuban People's Freedom"

-Jay-Z, Beyonce in Cuba: Treasury Department Confirms the Trip Was "Authorized"

Responding yesterday afternoon (via ros-lehtinen.house.gov) to the Treasury Department's "Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) letter on the Cuba trip by Beyonce and Jay-Z," Ros-Lehtinen fumes that the "Obama administration is not serious about denying the Castro regime an economic lifeline."

And she adds: "If the tourist activities undertaken by Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Cuba are classified as an educational exchange trip, then it is clear that the Obama Administration is not serious about denying the Castro regime an economic lifeline that U.S. tourism will extend to it.

"That was a wedding anniversary vacation that was not even disguised as a cultural program," the congresswoman still insists, definitely not satisfied with the Treasury's reasoning for approving of the Carters' vacay in Cuba.

"As more human rights activists engage in hunger strikes, I don't think they will see any evidence of how this scam endeavor will help them become independent of the regime."

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