Saturday, November 26, 2016

How Donald Trump responded to the death of Fidel Castro, ‘a brutal dictator’

The Washington Post reports:
Donald Trump has weighed twice on the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

The president-elect offered up a four-word tweet shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, saying simply: "Fidel Castro is dead!"

Trump followed that up a few hours later with a lengthier statement, in which he called Castro a "brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades" and said he hoped Castro's death gave Cuban Americans "the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba."

"Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights," the statement said.

"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."

Trump added: "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."
Donald Trump talks about the evils of Comrade Castro.