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The Obama administration's Treasury Department under fire now for granting Jay-Z and beyoncé.
A licensed to travel to Communist Cuba calling it a cultural exchange but according to critics the celebrity couple was there for no other reason -- take a vacation.
So what kind of backlash will be musicians and the government -- -- and John Suarez has the secretary for the Cuban democratic directorate and he's with me now from Miami with his reaction -- -- -- Good morning Gretchen so we know that and beyoncé and Jay-Z they did this legally they did go to the Treasury Department they did get this would -- be said that they needed to and travel there.
But but it didn't seem more like -- vacation and I have to say that I was surprised because for the most part.
They have been.
Mostly good -- muscles but as far as Hollywood standards go in our country.
-- they were there were also outed because it was the Cuban government itself that came out saying that it was a vacation -- portrayed it as something -- -- -- -- there was a reason for that.
Mood government was very upset.
That people like roll somebody up -- value any Sanchez and bed -- -- of -- -- leaders and white.
Have been traveling in the beginning a lot of media coverage -- somebody if I had yesterday in Washington DC was calling for an international investigation for father's death of bubble by us and -- yes.
Bet -- -- of the ladies in white these women many of them.
Afro Cuban or Redick -- regularly beat and and assaulted for requesting the release of political prisoners has ultimate garnering a lot of media attention internationally so what they've done is they've manipulated this visit.
But beyond seeing -- To shift attention away from these activists -- and I'd also like and -- don't like to point out that.
Among these activists that have been brutally treated and that require.
Health care -- someone like -- that is how you lead out the Rosa Parks.
Foundation for human rights who on May seventh was brutally beaten down into -- consciousness for engage in the nonviolent protest and it's still not received.
Proper medical care this is the Cuban reality the -- and JC just happened.
To walk stumble upon when they want their for their fifth anniversary.
Yet one would think that may be as a power couple they were going to Cuba to actually bring more attention.
To the Africa -- black Cubans who are imprisoned there at a high rate or the other millions of people who are suffering there.
Were you surprised -- that -- is not the mission.
I was very surprised.
They did -- meet with the ladies and why there's a campaign under way.
Five minutes to meet with that that people are requesting that they meet with her now that she's going to be in the United States in the next few days.
But no they didn't do it during their visit its disappointing.
And I think it also highlights another thing even if it even in the case of cultural exchange for an academic exchange in Cuba what it amounts to.
Is an indoctrination session I had the experience a few years ago meeting a very intelligent capable young woman from Harvard University -- spent the semester in Havana.
And she was starting all the regime propaganda I literally -- to sit down there for about ten minutes -- the links.
-- amnesty international human rights walked in American commission for human rights and web sites and then an hour later she came back angrily in tears.
Because she'd been manipulated -- and god knows what what impression B Johnson daisy got after their visit to the island.
Interest in perspective.
Shots to -- thanks much for your time.
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