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The Kardashians Arrive in Cuba as South Florida Rep Criticizes Their 'Vapid' Visit: 'Haven't the Cuban People Suffered Enough?'

05/04/2016 AT 07:55 PM EDT

As the Kardashians arrive in Cuba, some are questioning the impression of glamour they're bringing to the financially struggling country.

One outspoken U.S. representative had strong words on the reality stars' trip to Havana.

"I know it's cool for celebrities to go to Cuba, but the Cuban people don't experience the glamorous Havana that is featured on social media," South Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "Far from photo shoots and fruity drinks, everyday Cubans experience a different, sad reality."

"Now, the Kardashians are parachuting into the island to tape their vapid TV show," she added. "Haven't the Cuban people suffered enough?"




Khloé Kardashian, 31, was the first sister to share a photo from the trip via Instagram on Wednesday. The picture showcases her smoking cigars with her best friend Malika Haqq and sisters Kim Kardashian West, 35, and Kourtney Kardashian, 37.

The caption read: "Pablo was here! Cuba."

Pablo was here! Cuba

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on


PEOPLE exclusively reported on Tuesday, that members of the famous family were heading to Cuba with cameras in tow where they'll document the trip for the latest season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!
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