Beyoncé defends trip to Cuba
Pop singer Beyoncé Monday expressed "shock" at the controversy engendered by her and her rap-star husband Jay-Z's trip last month to Cuba, which is under a U.S. travel embargo for tourism, though not for approved cultural-exchange trips.
"You know, it was such a beautiful trip," Beyoncé, 31, told "Good Morning America." "I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. And it was really, it was really educational for me. I learned so much about so many people and the country, and [the criticism] was actually quite shocking."
A Treasury Department official responded in an April 9 letter to the lawmakers that the trip had been approved by the Office of Foreign Assets Control as "an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba."