Donald Trump, the U.S. President-elect, unbelievably reacted to Fidel Castro’s death in a very short but direct message on Twitter. His post reads:
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
According to a CBS report, Trump’s presidential transition team had to issue a comprehensive statement after two hours in honor of what they referred to as “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,” Trump is quoted as saying in the statement.
“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.”
Mr Trump also made a promise to the Cuban people, saying that his administration “will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.”
Meanwhile, media reports allege that the U.S. President-elect has been critical of President Barack Obama’s peace deal with Cuba.
“The agreement President Obama signed is a very weak agreement. We get nothing. The people of Cuba get nothing and I would do whatever is necessary to get a good agreement,” Trump told CBS4’s Jim DeFede in an interview.
A congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told CBS4’s Eliott Rodriguez that Cubans – home and abroad – are excited at their former leader’s passing.
“A tyrant is dead. Sadly, another tyrant has already taken his place and had taken his place for some years now but we hope a new beginning can dawn on what is really the last remaining communist bastion of our Western hemisphere,” said Ros-Lehtinen.
“He [Raul Castro, brother to the deceased dictator] is going to do all he can to delay the island of liberation but he can’t stop it,” she added.
We must seize the moment and help write a new chapter in the history of #Cuba; that of a Cuba that is free, democratic, and prosperous.
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro’s funeral has been set for 4 December.
Sen. Marco Rubio agrees to the points made by Ros-Lehtinen. He said in a statement: “Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted.
“The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.
“The future of Cuba ultimately remains in the hands of the Cuban people, and now more than ever, Congress and the new administration must stand with them against their brutal rulers and support their struggle for freedom and basic human rights,” he added.
CBS also quoted Rubio calling out president Barack Obama for an alleged double-dealing on Fidel Castro’s death.