Donald Trump Releases Full Statement On Fidel Castro's Death

President-elect Donald Trump and other leaders and celebrities react to the death of Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro

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The death of 90-year-old legendary Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has shaken the internet, and everyone from President-elect Donald Trump to Nas has weighed in to share their thoughts on the historic event.

Trump’s reaction was simple, and for those who had been furiously tweeting about the news since 1:00 in the morning, comically belated.

Fidel Castro is dead!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016

He later released a full statement, a strongly worded condemnation of the dead leader.

Trump releases statement on death of Fidel Castro

— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) November 26, 2016

Trump’s reaction was a stark contrast to that of President Obama, who offered a thoughtful statement that acknowledged the complex relationship between Cuba and the US government and shared hope of continuing to build a more peaceful relationship between the countries.

Pres Obama issues statement on death of Fidel Castro.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 26, 2016

Other political leaders from around the world commented as well, expressing condolences and admiration for the deceased leader.

Here is Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau's statement about Fidel #Castro's death #cdnpoli

— Laura Stone (@l_stone) November 26, 2016

The Leader of HM Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, finds spots on Fidel Castro's sun but otherwise has only praise.

— Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) November 26, 2016

RIP Fidel Castro, tenacious fighter who lived a full liberation life & condolences to the resilient people of Cuba

— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) November 26, 2016

Former President Jimmy Carter sent his condolences to the people of Cuba and recounted fond memories of visits with Castro, and Reverend Jesse Jackson expressed his admiration.

Jimmy Carter on Fidel Castro: We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country.

— Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) November 26, 2016

In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro's cause of fighting for freedom & liberation-he changed the world. RIP

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) November 26, 2016

However, many conservative leaders around the US did not hesitate to express their disdain for Castro.

History will remember Fidel Castro as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery & suffering on his own people

— Senator Marco Rubio (@SenMarcoRubio) November 26, 2016

The outpouring of praise for Fidel Castro is tragic.he was a relentless dictator who imprisoned thousands, killed and tortured many Cubans.

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) November 26, 2016

Now that Fidel Castro is dead, the cruelty and oppression of his regime should die with him.

My full statement ↓

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 26, 2016

Though Castro was controversial, many pointed out how he inspired revolutionaries around the world to fight for freedom.

Mike Huckabee used the moment to criticize San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for defending Castro earlier in the week. On Wednesday, Kaepernick had a tense exchange with a reporter from the Palm Beach Post over the fact that the QB wore a shirt that pictured the Cuban leader. “One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system,” Kaepernick said. “Which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”​

Castro dead;C Kaepernick weeps for his idol; wipes tears w/ US flag; stands at attention with hand over heart for Castro. I'll take a knee.

— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 26, 2016

Kaepernick previously stirred up controversy when he was seen wearing a Fidel Castro and Malcolm X t-shirt in August.

He is not the first American activist to be inspired by the Cuban leader, and he wasn't the only celebrity who had nice things to say about Castro’s death.

Fidel Castro has died. Beloved and despised. A symbol of resistance against western imperialist oppression and labeled an oppressor himself

— “DRILL MUSIC IN ZION” Out Now! (@LupeFiasco) November 26, 2016

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