When the world woke up on Saturday to news that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was finally dead, world leaders scrambled to put together statements commenting on the man’s death — statements that varied from praise to outright rejoicing over his demise.
President Barack Obama’s statement sounded like something from a B-grade movie. In his official statement, Obama stated that history would ultimately judge Castro, and reminded the Cuban people that America was their friend.
“We know that this moment fills Cubans … with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families and of the Cuban nation,” his statement read.
“History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him,” he stated.
He left out a few words — like “execution,” “firing squads” and “torture.”
While Obama tried to play the political tap dance around the dictator’s legacy, President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t so gentle. Trump look a lump of TNT and threw it at the dictator’s legacy, shattering the illusion of innocence that had fooled so many and showing the world what an evil despot the man truly was.
Trump’s statement mentioned Castro’s sickening legacy, but offered hope for the future when Cuba would be free of its communist government.
“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,” the statement read.
Earlier, Trump had taken to Twitter to joyfully announce that Castro was dead.
While Obama tried to be gentle with Cuba, Trump isn’t going to play politics with a dictatorial government.
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
Trump knows that strength is the only way to get a country like Cuba to change — and he apparently intends to take steps to change it.
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H/T Voice of America