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Donald Trump: 'Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator'



President-elect Donald Trump'a statement on Castro noticeably lacks a call to roll back the changes that happened under Barack Obama, though he says his administration will do "all it can" to ensure freedom.

Trump's stance on Cuba has varied, and people on both sides will be watching closely as his administration gets under way.

"Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.
"While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks 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.

"Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.  I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba."

[Last modified: Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:41am]


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