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Obama denies aiding Jay-Z and Beyonce Cuba jaunt

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President Obama said he had “better things to do” than get involved in the now-infamous trip to Cuba of rapper Jay-Z and wife Beyonce, who were big supporters of his reelection.

“I wasn’t familiar they were taking the trip,” the president said of the couple’s visit to the communist nation, which was approved by the Treasury Department. “I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba.”

Although Jay-Z released a song claiming that he received “White House clearance” for the trip, the president insisted otherwise.

“This is not something the White House was involved with,” Mr. Obama said. “We’ve got better things to do.”

Some Republican lawmakers from Florida have criticized the couple for essentially taking a pleasure trip to Cuba while ignoring the Cuban regime’s human-rights violations.

Mr. Obama made his comments on NBC’s “Today” show.

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