Donald, please – you’re the president-elect of the United States, can you at least try to show some respect fitting of the fact that the lives of millions of people literally hinge upon your every move?
Late Friday afternoon, the Cuban Communist revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died, aged 90 years old. Castro’s brother Raul took control of the country some years ago, taking the office of Prime Minister in place of Fidel in response to the latter’s failing health.
The response from world leaders was swift; after all, Castro was a leading figure of late 20th Century global affairs, having spearheaded Cuba’s world shaking descent into Communism.
Fidel Castro led-Cuba even saw at one point a confrontation which almost led to the Cold War becoming “hot” when American President John F. Kennedy confronted Soviet-backed forces in Cuba’s Bay of Pigs over the – also Soviet-backed – Communist wave slowly taking over the island nation.
In response to Castro’s passing, political leaders the world over offered their condolences, even while the fact obviously remains unchanged that Castro’s politics and behavior represented a threat to most, if not all, of the nations generally closely aligned with the United States at one time or another.
Take France’s president Francois Hollande, for example. France is hardly a nation which can be said to be sympathetic to Castro’s political beliefs; however, Hollande issued a nonetheless respectfully somber statement on the occasion of Castro’s passing.
He said, as quoted in part in the USA Today:
‘Fidel Castro was a major figure of the XXth century. He embodied the Cuban revolution, in the hopes it aroused and the disappointments it provoked. Actor of the Cold War, he represented a period of history that ended with the fall of the Soviet Union. He represented, for Cubans, pride in rejecting external domination.’
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto wrote on Twitter that America’s southern neighbor “mourns the passing of Fidel, a friend of Mexico.”
His tweet is below, in Spanish.
Fidel Castro fue un amigo de México, promotor de una relación bilateral basada en el respeto, el diálogo y la solidaridad.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) November 26, 2016
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter that India “mourns the loss of a great friend.”
Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 26, 2016
And then there’s Trump.
How did the president-elect of the United States respond to Castro’s death?
Well with a tweet, of course.
He wrote, “Fidel Castro is dead!”
Fidel Castro is dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
No more, no less; Trump sufficed himself to effectively publicly celebrate the death of a significant world leader.
This is going to be the president of the United States.
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