Cuba’s former president, Fidel Castro has died, and the controversial leader’s death has triggered a number of different emotions. From Donald Trump to Barack Obama, public figures celebrate and grieve Castro’s death.
Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25, in Cuba. He was 90 years of age at the time. Following the news of his passing, many public figures quickly took to social media to comment on his death. But the Cuban revolutionary, who was often known for defying the power of the U.S., brought a mix of emotions, both of grief and happiness.
President-elect Donald Trump, 70, was one of many public figures who took to social media on Nov. 26, to express how overjoyed they were at Castro’s death. “Fidel Castro is dead,” Trump tweeted with an exclamation point! U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, 45, also took to social media to remind the American people of how detrimental Fidel’s dictatorship was on the citizens of Cuba. “Fidel Castro’s death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families,” Ted wrote in a brief on Facebook. “Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal Communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba.”
By contrast, President Barack Obama, 55, issued an official statement about Castro’s death, in which he said that he would like to “extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people.” He also offered his condolences to the Castro family and recalled the Cuban leader’s historic reign for nearly six decades. Many other world leaders followed after Obama, recognizing Fidel for his iconic movement, and paying respects to his legacy. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mohd Najib Tun Razak was one of many who paid his respects to Castro, saying “condolences to the Cuban people on the passing of former President Fidel Castro – an icon of the non-aligned movement.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement, along with Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio.
Please read my statement on the passing of former Cuban President Fidel Castro: https://t.co/vIYCZrJGfg
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
History will remember Fidel Castro as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery & suffering on his own people pic.twitter.com/Y7207S6qVD
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 26, 2016
Now that Fidel Castro is dead, the cruelty and oppression of his regime should die with him.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 26, 2016
Pres Obama issues statement on death of Fidel Castro. pic.twitter.com/5eHB2A9DoB
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 26, 2016
I pay my respects to the life and work of Fidel Castro. Profound condolences and sympathies of the Jamaican people to the people of Cuba. pic.twitter.com/OHlTO5FQl5
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) November 26, 2016
Condolences to the Cuban people on the passing of former President Fidel Castro – an icon of the non-aligned movement.
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2016
The iconic leader of an era of revolution bids farewell to the world. Rest in peace, Comrade Fidel Castro.
— Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) November 26, 2016
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 26, 2016
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 26, 2016
Fidel vivirá siempre en los corazones de los pueblos solidarios que luchamos por la justicia, dignidad y fraternidad.
— Salvador Sánchez (@sanchezceren) November 26, 2016
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi also passed along his condolences on Twitter, saying that India grieved the great loss. “Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend,” he tweeted. The President of El Salvador, India, Iran, and many more also joined in to recognize Fidel’s death and legacy.
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