Trump: Castro left a legacy of 'unimaginable suffering'
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE on Saturday marked the death of Cuba's "brutal dictator," saying Fidel Castro left a legacy of "unimaginable suffering."

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"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 added.
 
Trump promised that his administration "will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty."
 
"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," he concluded.

Castro's death was announced on state television by his brother Raul Castro early Saturday.

"It is with great pain I come to inform our country, friends of our America, and the world that today, Nov. 25, 2016 at 10:29 p.m., the commander in chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, died," he said.

After a nine-day mourning period, Castro's funeral will take place on Dec. 4 in Santiago, Cuba.

President Obama expressed his condolences in a statement earlier Saturday, which emphasized the renewed relationship between the two countries but steered clear of making any judgments about the controversial dictator’s legacy.

“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 said.

- Updated at 11:25 a.m.