Political Leaders Differ Over Castro’s Death
By Angelina Salcedo 11/26/2016
World leaders have quickly responded to the Cuban leader’s death.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country mourned his loss, calling Castro “one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century.”
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted his condolences saying that he was a “great friend” and an emblematic symbol of the Cuban Revolution.
Here in the United States, President Obama offered his condolences to Fidel Castro’s family. He noted that “powerful emotions” in Cubans both in Cuba and the United States were provoked by his death.
“During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us,a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity.”
President-elect Donald Trump had two tweets. His first read, “Fidel Castro is dead!”
Later he issued another statement a couple of hours after his tweet saying,
“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
The Republican U.S. Senator from Florida Marco Rubio tweeted that President Obama’s statement was “pathetic” with “no mention of the thousands he [Castro] killed and imprisoned.”
Another Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who is the first Cuban-American member of the House wrote that “A tyrant is dead and a new beginning can dawn on the last remaining communist bastion of the Western hemisphere.”