Donald Trump responds to Fidel Castro's death with cryptic tweet
Published 26/11/2016 | 13:43
US President-elect Donald Trump has given his first reaction to the death of Fidel Castro with a tweet.
Mr Trump tweeted: "Fidel Castro is dead!", without elaborating.
Fidel Castro is dead!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, threatened during his campaign to reverse President Barack Obama's moves to open relations with Cuba over concerns about religious freedom.
Other world leaders and politicians have given less cryptic responses to Castro's death.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Fidel Castro as the "symbol of an era," the Kremlin said in a statement Saturday.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone said Mr Castro was an "absolute giant of the 20th century", and blamed the US for the restrictions on civil liberties under his leadership.
He told Radio 4's Today programme: "I'm sure they will, over time, move towards something like a traditional west European democracy. It could have happened a lot earlier if you hadn't had, the entire time, a blockade by America, attempts to overthrow the regime, eight assassination attempts authorised by American presidents."
Mr Livingstone said Cuba could reform now it was not under threat of American invasion "even if Trump goes a little bit bonkers".
He admitted "of course Fidel did things that were wrong", adding: "Initially he wasn't very good on lesbian and gay rights, but the key things that mattered was that people had a good education, good healthcare and wealth was evenly distributed.
"He was not living as a billionaire laundering money off into a Panamanian bank account or anything like that, he was good for the people."
Former Labour MP George Galloway tweeted a picture of himself with Castro, writing: "You were the greatest man I ever met Comandante Fidel. You were the man of the century. Hasta la Victoria Siepmre. Orden. RIP."
He later added: "Who knew so many sickos were out there waiting for Fidel's death? Dogs can dance on the lion's grave. But they can never be a lion."
Former Labour Cabinet minister and anti-apartheid leader Peter Hain, now Lord Hain, said: "Although responsible for indefensible human rights and free speech abuses, Castro created a society of unparalleled access to free health, education and equal opportunity despite an economically throttling USA siege.
"His troops inflicted the first defeat on South Africa's troops in Angola in 1988, a vital turning point in the struggle against apartheid."