Trump condemns Castro's legacy of 'firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering'

Iraqi vice-president Saddam Hussein (C), stands with Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) and Defense minister General Raul Castro (R)
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After a brief celebratory tweet — "Fidel Castro is dead!" — President-elect Donald Trump made a statement Saturday condemning the former Cuban president's history of human rights abuses.

"The world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades," he said. "Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights." Trump went on to describe Cuba as "a totalitarian island" but expressed hope that Castro's demise will foster "a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve."

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