Rubio Attacks ‘Pathetic’ Obama Statement On Castro, Recalls The Evil Of Dictator’s Regime

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., denounced President Barack Obama’s comments Saturday on the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.


Obama’s statement offered “condolences” on the death of the Cuban dictator and praised his own efforts to reboot relations with Cuba.

“For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends — bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity,” Obama wrote.

Others took a harder line.

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Rubio, who is a Cuban-American, said Castro should be remembered as a killer, not a savior.

“Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison. Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed,” his statement said, noting that even under the leadership of Raul Castro, Cubans do not have basic freedoms.

“… 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,” Rubio said.

Rubio also issued a call for the restoration of basic rights in Cuba.

“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 said in his statement.

Rubio told Fox News that the United States should not dignify Castro’s funeral with an official delegation.

“I would hope they would send no one to the funeral,” Rubio said. “While you may want to open up to Cuba, there’s no reason we should be opening up to Fidel Castro’s legacy of anti-Americanism, of murder, of dictatorship, of imprisonment, of exile, which is what his legacy is all about.”

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