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    Marco Rubio: Jay-Z Needs to Get Informed on Cuba

    Marco Rubio: Jay-Z Needs to Get Informed on Cuba

    By Benjamin Bell


    Apr 14, 2013 11:36am

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio this morning slammed Jay-Z over his recent trip

    to Cuba, saying on "This Week" that the rapper needed to "get informed"

    and that he missed an opportunity to meet the politically oppressed

    people that live on the island nation south of Florida.

    "I think Jay-Z needs to get informed. One of his heroes is Che Guevara.

    Che Guevara was a racist. Che Guevara was a racist that wrote

    extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over people of

    African descent, so he should inform himself on the guy that he's

    propping up," Rubio said during an interview with ABC News' Chief White

    House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.

    "Secondly, I think if Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of

    affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed,

    including a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and

    persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political

    lyrics," Rubio added. "And I think he missed an opportunity. But that's

    Jay-Z's issue."

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    Get Informed on Cuba

    After returning from Cuba last week, Jay-Z produced a new rap entitled

    "Open Letter," in which he criticized politicians for questioning his

    trip with his wife Beyoncé to the communist nation. The trip was

    authorized by the Treasury Department under a licensed program that

    encourages "meaningful contacts" with the Cuban people.

    RELATED: White House Dismisses Jay-Z Song

    Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, criticized current U.S. travel policy to

    the island, which he said was being running by a "tyrannical regime."

    "The bigger point is the travel policies. The travel policies need to

    be tightened because they are being abused," Rubio said. "These are

    tourist trips, and they are – what they're doing is providing hard

    currency and funding so that a tyrannical regime can maintain its grip

    on the island of Cuba, and I think that's wrong."

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