National, World Leaders React to Castro's Death
Numerous leaders and dignitaries from around the world reacted to the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday at age 90.
President-elect Donald Trump offered a succinct statement on the news of the former dictator's passing:
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
Later Saturday, Trump released a more detailed statement:
"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.
"While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
"Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba."
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, whose father Rafael is from Cuba, celebrated Castro's death as well:
"Fidel Castro's death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families.
Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal Communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba."
President Obama released a statement Saturday morning, through the White House Press Office:
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing 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. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.
Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton (R) reacted as well:
"Fidel Castro created hell on earth for the Cuban people. He will now become intimately familiar with what he wrought.”
Some leaders, however, offered positive remembrances of Castro, including former president Jimmy Carter, Pete Hegseth reported.:
"Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro.
We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country," Carter said in a statement.
Across the Atlantic, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also praised him, the Independent reported:
"Fidel Castro's death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism.
"From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba's record of international solidarity abroad, Castro's achievements were many.
“For all his flaws, Castro's support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”
By Saturday morning, several others reacted as well:
Castro dead;C Kaepernick weeps for his idol; wipes tears w/ US flag; stands at attention with hand over heart for Castro. I'll take a knee.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 26, 2016
My statement on the death of Fidel Castro: pic.twitter.com/cSBXcQvkv6
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) November 26, 2016
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 26, 2016
The outpouring of praise for Fidel Castro is tragic.he was a relentless dictator who imprisoned thousands, killed and tortured many Cubans.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 26, 2016
Build a list of those praising Castro and you will have a list of leftists who reject reality for an ideological fantasy
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 26, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the following statement:
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation."
While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”
Fidel y Chávez construyeron el ALBA,PetroCaribe y dejaron abonado el Camino de la Liberación de nuestros Pueblos...La Historia los Absolvió pic.twitter.com/hexgMJ0rmn
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro murdered thousands of Cubans and suppressed his people. Today I reflect on those tortured and killed by him. A tyrant is dead.
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro fue un amigo de México, promotor de una relación bilateral basada en el respeto, el diálogo y la solidaridad.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) November 26, 2016
(Fidel Castro was a friend of Mexico, promoter of a bilateral relationship based on respect, dialogue and solidarity.)
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) November 26, 2016
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 26, 2016
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