National Security

DNC Chair Questions Jay-Z, Beyoncé’s Cuba Trip

Jay-Z and Beyoncé wave during their trip to Cuba last week (AP)

It's not just Florida Republicans who have questions about Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba last week. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) has some, too.

The Democratic National Committee chair said she was "uncomfortable with" and "concerned about" tourist trips to Cuba like the one the entertainer couple took to Cuba in a new interview with the Sun-Sentinel:

"I’m absolutely uncomfortable with the way, and concerned about, how not just Jay-Z and Beyoncé but some of the travel, the ‘people to people' travel, that has been occurring in Cuba, has resulted," Wasserman Schultz said in a brief interview Tuesday with the Sun Sentinel.

"I would be interested to know what type of people to people qualifying activity they did during their trip. The travel that exists in Cuba that was allowed by the Obama administration was specifically to make sure that you could have educational opportunities and there is supposed to be interaction at every step of a trip between the participants and the Cuban people. And I hope that that happened with this particular trip. We need to make sure that people to people travel complies with the law," she said.

The critique is notable in that it splits Wasserman Schultz, a top official and prolific fundraiser for the Democratic Party, with two of President Obama's most prominent supporters.

Florida Republican Reps. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart posed a series of questions to the Treasury Department about the licensing for the trip. Treasury is now investigating whether the couple's anniversary trip violated the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.