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Old 11-26-2016, 01:21pm   #1
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Obama Extends 'Hand of Friendship' to Cuba Following Death of Fidel Castro


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Updated 2 hrs 57 mins ago


President Obama offered his condolences to the Castro family and extended "a hand of friendship to the Cuban people," following the announcement by Cuban President Raul Castro that his brother, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, had died at age 90.

"At this time of Fidel Castro's passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him," Obama said in a statement. "Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America."

Obama also reiterated his work to re-establish diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.

"For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends - bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity," Obama said. "This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba."

In an historic visit in March, Obama and the first family spent two and a half days in Cuba on an official state visit, which included a bilateral meeting with President Raul Castro. It was the first visit to Cuba by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years.

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Donald Trump, US Political Figures React to Castro's Death

MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN
Updated 2 hrs 13 mins ago



President-elect Donald Trump was among the first major U.S. political figures to comment on former Cuban president Fidel Castro's death.

Early Saturday morning, Trump tweeted simply, "Fidel Castro is dead!"

Trump later released an official statement, calling Castro a "brutal dictator," and leaving little doubt as to how he felt about his leadership in Cuba.

"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," the president-elect's statement started.

He went on to express hope that Castro's death would mark a change in the future direction of the Cuban government.

"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," he said. "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."

Cuba will no doubt emerge as one of the first foreign policy tests of Trump's administration. Experts have told ABC News that executive orders carried out by President Obama to normalize relations with the island country could be "easily reversed" if Trump were committed to do so.

At a Miami rally this September, Trump said that he would roll back Obama's executive actions with regards to Cuba unless the Castro regime begins to recognize "religious and political freedom" and free political prisoners.

Sen. Ted Cruz, a staunch conservative whose paternal grandfather, Rafael, immigrated to Cuba as an infant with his parents from the Canary Islands of Spain, reacted early this morning, as did former President Jimmy Carter, who made a concerted effort to normalize relations with Cuba both during and after his term as America's 39th president.

Carter said that he remembered his visits with Castro in Cuba fondly, and extolled the deceased leader's love of his country.

"Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro," Carter said in a statement. "We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country. We wish the Cuban citizens peace and prosperity in the years ahead."

Secretary of State John Kerry, who was involved directly in the process of normalization taken on by the Obama administration, referred to that work in his statement.

"As our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization -- restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past -- we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two peoples," he said.

Cruz posted a short message on Facebook, writing: "Fidel Castro's death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families. Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal Communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba."

House Speaker Paul Ryan released a statement saying that "the cruelty and oppression of his regime" should die too.

"Now that Fidel Castro is dead, the cruelty and oppression of his regime should die with him. Sadly, much work remains to secure the freedom of the Cuban people, and the United States must be fully committed to that work. Today let us reflect on the memory and sacrifices of all those who have suffered under the Castros," Ryan said.
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Carter and Obama can go lick Fidel's hairy dead asshole.
You mean literally, right? I mean, they have both done it figuratively already, so you must mean literally.
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You mean literally, right? I mean, they have both done it figuratively already, so you must mean literally.
Damn straight, literally. I mean chew those dried-up dingle-berries off that crusty old corpse. I mean they need to get up in there so deep they can taste that turd that he'll never shit and slather up the old 'roids.
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Damn straight, literally. I mean chew those dried-up dingle-berries off that crusty old corpse. I mean they need to get up in there so deep they can taste that turd that he'll never shit and slather up the old 'roids.
Geez Joe.......have you been taking lessons from Thomas?
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