Donald Trump faces backlash over insensitive tweets after Fidel Castro’s death

Donald Trump (Photo credit: a katz /
Donald Trump (Photo credit: a katz /

President-elect Donald Trump and Mike Pence didn’t hold back their feelings following the death of former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. Trump initially tweeted, “Fidel Castro is dead!” as an initial statement.

Trump would later add more by saying Castro was, “A brutal dictator who oppressed his people for six decades.” It was a stark contrast from President Barack Obama who said of Castro, “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”

Trump’s stance was odd considering that he once did business in Cuba and violated America’s embargo during Castro’s presidency. According to Newsweek, Trump’s company spent $68,000 in Cuba in 1998 when it was illegal for Americans to spend any money in the country without government approval. Although documents proved otherwise, Trump told his supporters that he would never spend money in Cuba until Castro was removed from power. It’s another instance where Trump’s words have been inconsistent with his actions.

Pence echoed Trump’s sentiments by tweeting, “The tyrant Castro is dead.”

Trump and Pence have both faced backlash for their words on Castro.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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