World leaders have been speaking out on Fidel Castro’s death. Not to be left behind, Vice President-elect Mike Pence provided his take on the Cuban leader’s passing.
The former governor of Indiana said that Castro’s death marks the dawn of “new hope,” as he took to Twitter to offer the world his excitement even breaking out into Spanish.
“The tyrant #Castro is dead. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba. Viva Cuba Libre!”
The tyrant #Castro is dead. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba. Viva Cuba Libre!
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) November 26, 2016
While the death of Castro may have a symbolic meaning, it is unclear what the real effect will be on the country that he led for 47 years, while 10 U.S. presidents came and went. The communist leader resigned as Cuba’s president more than eight years ago, handing the baton to his brother Raul. Although it is not impossible that his death may bring profound change, more than likely, as far as policy goes, it will be the equivalent of the U.S. losing a former president.
Pence’s statement follows a statement on Saturday by President-elect Trump calling Castro a “brutal dictator.” The statement followed Trump’s undiplomatic tweet early in the morning which served more as a news post than anything a world leader would say about the death of another world leader.
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
In his statement, Trump said, “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.”
Trump also vowed to work with and support the Cuban people in the future.
“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 do richly deserve.”
It remains to be seen what, if any, effect Castro’s death will have on Cuba, its people, or its foreign policy.