Sen. Marco Rubio rebukes President Obama over his ‘pathetic statement’ on death of Fidel Castro

Sen. Marco Rubio rebukes President Obama over his ‘pathetic statement’ on death of Fidel Castro
NASHUA, NH - JANUARY 23: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at the NHGOP First In The Nation Town Hall January 23, 2016 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The convention was a day long affair and featured presidential candidates looking to win the first in the nation primary. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Sen. Marco Rubio took to Twitter Saturday to issue a stern rebuke of President Barack Obama and his statement on the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Obama, who in a three paragraph statement on Saturday, issued his condolences to the Castro family and the Cuban people while largely side-stepping the reality of Cuban life under Castro.

But Obama’s mild statement did not get past Rubio.

“President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of dictator #FidelCastro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned,” he wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.

And while Obama failed to mention the atrocities Castro and his regime committed in Cuba over the last half century, Rubio did not forget them in his statement.

Rubio wrote in a statement:

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.

Sadly, Fidel Castro’s death does not mean freedom for the Cuban people or justice for the democratic activists, religious leaders, and political opponents he and his brother have jailed and persecuted. The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And 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.

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.

The Florida senator also took a similar stance to that of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who urged Americans to not remember Castro, but the victims of his brutal communist regime instead.

Rubio, in an interview with Fox News “Fox and Friends,” also said he doesn’t believe Obama should send any U.S. representative to Castro’s funeral.

If the U.S. does, then America would be “sending someone to the funeral of a man who ordered the execution of Americans,” Rubio said.

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