US president-elect Donald Trump on Saturday said that deceased
Cuban leader Fidel Castro was a “brutal dictator” and his legacy is
one of firing squads, unimaginable suffering, poverty and denial of human

“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,” Trump said in a statement.

“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.

Noting that though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by
Castro cannot be erased, Trump said his administration will do all it can to
ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and

“I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so
greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans
Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free
Cuba,” Trump said.