President-Elect Donald Trump makes statement on Castro death

Donald Trump

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Donald Trump is sparing no words when it comes to Fidel Castro. The president-elect calls the former Cuban leader “a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”

Trump says Castro leaves a legacy of “firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”

But Trump also is looking ahead.

He says that while Cuba “remains a totalitarian island,” he hopes Castro’s death “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.”

Trump says his administration will do all it can “to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty,” and he says he’s joining many Cuban-Americans in the hope “of one day seeing a free Cuba.”

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