Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ripped Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today for releasing a statement lauding Fidel Castro after the Cuban leader’s death, the Huffington Post reports.
Cruz, who was born in Canada and whose father fled Cuba for the United States after fighting in the early days of the revolution, called Trudeau’s statement “disgraceful.”
Disgraceful. Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot — all evil, torturing murderers. #truth https://twitter.com/canadianpm/status/802492634854031360 …
Trudeau called Castro a “legendary revolutionary and orator” while acknowledging the late Cuban leader was “a controversial figure.” He added, “both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante.’”
The statement made no reference to Castro’s dictatorial rule, squashing of dissent or human rights abuses.
Full Statement by Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”