World leaders react to Castro's death

World leaders react to Castro's death

After the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, world leaders from across the globe have had starkly different reactions. According to a statement from his brother and current President, Raul, Castro died at 10:29 p.m. this past Friday night at the age of 90. While the cause of death was not given by the Cuban government-controlled media, Castro originally stepped down from his position as president in 2006 due to an intestinal illness.

President Barack Obama stated that history will come to judge Castro’s role, and the United States is extending “a hand of friendship to the Cuban people.”

Other world leaders lauded Castro’s rule, as they sent their condolences to Cuba and its people. Leaders included the heads of state from North Korea, Pakistan, India, Russia, and Canada. In an official statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Castro a “remarkable 
leader” who “served his people for almost half a century.”

President-elect Donald Trump voiced his opinion on Twitter and tweeted “Fidel Castro is dead!” soon after the news broke. Trump said Castro’s rule was one filled with “firing squads, theft, 
unimaginable suffering, poverty 
and the denial of fundamental human rights.” Trump ended his statement on a note about how his 
administration will do what it can to 
promote American ideals in Cuba to move “toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”

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