“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” Trump said in a statement, noting that Fidel Castro’s legacy was “one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
Trump called for Cubans to seek a better life, despite Fidel’s brother Raul Castro’s firm grip of power over it’s citizens.
“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 said.
Trump promised that his administration would pursue a policy focused on freeing the Cuban people, and thanked the Cuban Americans who supported him for president.
“[O]ur administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty,” he said. “I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”
President Barack Obama is offering “condolences” to the family in the wake of the death of longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
“At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people,” Obama said, noting that many Cubans and Cuban Americans had “powerful emotions” about the dictator’s death.
Instead he noted that the relationship between Cuba and the United States was “marked by discord and profound disagreements.”
He also took the opportunity to praise his efforts to normalize economic relations with Cuba, despite the country’s leaders refusing to respect basic human rights.
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. Through the years, a long list of Hollywood elites have been bewitched by Castro, despite his Communist regime’s imprisonment of political opponents, homosexuals, and journalists.
Actors like Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover, and Hollywood directors from Steven Spielberg to Oliver Stone, have accepted invitations to the tiny Caribbean island and have showered Castro with praise.
Oliver Stone directed the 2003 documentary Commandante. The 93-minute HBO-produced film was the result of three days of interviews between Castro and Stone. The overwhelmingly flattering film faced fierce backlash from Cuban-Americans, who successfully forced HBO to pull its U.S. screening.
Stone has described Castro as a “very selfless” and “moral” man who will be remembered as “one of the world’s wisest men.”
In 2008, actor Sean Penn flew to Cuba to interview Castro. In what was a seven-hour conversation with Castro, Penn described the hardliner as having the “agility of a young man” who “exercises every day, his eyes are bright and his voice is strong.”
Penn flew to Cuba once more in October 2009 to interview Castro.
The Academy Award-winning director attended the Cuban film institute’s annual festival in November 2002. Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall blasted Spielberg in an interview with 60 Minutes.
“Spielberg went down there recently and said, ‘The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro,’” Duval said. “Now, what I want to ask him [is],” Duval said of Spielberg, “‘Would you consider building a little annex on the Holocaust museum, or at least across the street, to honor the dead Cubans that Castro killed?’ That’s very presumptuous of him to go there.”
Legendary actor Jack Nicholson visited Cuba in 1998. The A Few Good Men star once called Castro a “genius” and gushed that the Cuban despot “is a humanist like President Clinton.” Nicholson also called Cuba a “paradise.”
The media mega mogul and founder of CNN and TBS said of Castro after meeting him in 1982, “Fidel ain’t a Communist. He’s a dictator, just like me.”
Turner’s CNN is the first major broadcaster to have a bureau in Havana, Cuba.
Turner told Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly that he “admire[s]” Castro because he’s “trained a lot of doctors, and they’ve got one of the best educational systems in the developing world. And you know, he’s still popular with a lot of people down there.”
The hashtag #TrudeauEulogies is trending on Twitter, mocking Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s praising of Fidel Castro following the Cuban dictator’s death.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about Castro fondly, saying, “It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. 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.”
Many were upset at Trudeau’s failure to mention that Castro was a dictator who forced gay people into internment camps, killed his political opposition, and was a socialist dictator who’s death has caused Cubans who fled his brutal regime to celebrate.
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