World leaders and dignitaries from around the world reacted to the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died late Friday at age 90.
President-elect Donald Trump offered a pointed statement on the news of the former dictator’s passing.
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 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
Fox News reports that 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.”
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
Obama did not mention Castro’s evil dictatorship, his suppression of human rights, or the brutal oppression and murder of millions of Cuban citizens in his statement.
Instead he noted that the relationship between Cuba and the United States was “marked by discord and profound disagreements.”
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.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 26, 2016
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.
My statement on the death of Fidel Castro: pic.twitter.com/cSBXcQvkv6
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) November 26, 2016
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.”
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.”
A dictator is dead and while some world leaders like Obama praise him, the American people join Cuban’s around the world in celebration!