Rubio blasts Obama's 'pathetic' Castro statement

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (R-Fla.) lashed out at President Obama on Saturday for not taking a harsher stance against Fidel Castro in a statement issued after the former Cuban leader’s death.

“President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of dictator #FidelCastro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned,” Rubio said in a tweet. 

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In his statement, Obama took pains to avoid expressing any judgments on Castro’s legacy, acknowledging the “powerful emotions” felt by the Cuban people over the passing of a leader who “altered” the course of many of their lives.

Meanwhile, Rubio issued his own statement saying that Castro will be remembered as an “evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.”

The Florida senator has been among the most outspoken critics in Congress of Obama’s efforts to renew relations with Cuba.