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.
President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of dictator #FidelCastro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned. #Cuba— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1480175228.0
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.
Today let's remember how #FidelCastro used MIG-29 combat pilots to kill unarmed civilians #Brotherstotherescue back in 1996. #cuba— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1480177316.0
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.