President Barack Obama released a statement from the White House offering condolences. “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.” Obama said. While in Havana, Obama told Raul Castro he would end the Cuban embargo, but that didn't stop Fidel Castro from criticizing Obama's visit in an article published in the Cuban communist party newspaper. “We don't need the empire to give us anything,” Castro wrote. So Obama, though being a Muslim, responded in typical Christian fashion by “turning the other cheek” and praising someone who despises him. Obama also overlooked all of the terror and bloodshed Castro perpetrated against his people.
Senator Marco Rubio had the following to say about Obama’s condolences: “President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of Dictator Fidel Castro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned. Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison. Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed. History will not absolve Fidel Castro, it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people. If the U.S. sends a representative to his funeral, then it is “sending someone to the funeral of a man who ordered the execution of Americans.”
Senator Ted Cruz wrote: “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.”
Justin Trudeau — in five paragraphs wrote that he had “deep sorrow” when he learned of Castro’s death.
Vladimir Putin said, “The name of this outstanding statesman is considered to be a symbol of an era in the modern history of the world. Cuba under Castro's communist rule “served as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples.” The question is who did he inspire to do what? Perhaps North Korea to rule with terror!
Mike Pence said, “The tyrant Castro is dead. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba.”
President Elect Donald Trump had the following to say: “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. Though the tragedies, death 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.”