President Obama gave a meandering dismissal of the Castro regime’s oppression on his way to wish “condolences” to Fidel Castro’s family and assurances to his heir Raul Castro that the U.S. remains a “friend and partner.”
Pres Obama issues statement on death of Fidel Castro. pic.twitter.com/5eHB2A9DoB
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 26, 2016
Trump responded on Twitter with a single line:
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
Donald Trump, needless to say, went full blast on the Castro regime. In a statement released by his transition team two hours later:
As Trump’s statement reads:
“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 being 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 Associated that endorsed me with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”