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Rubio: Obama's response to Castro death 'pathetic'

Rubio: Obama's response to Castro death 'pathetic'
© Greg Nash

President Obama's reaction to the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro was "pathetic," Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Fla.) said Sunday. 

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Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, blasted Obama for not mentioning those killed and imprisoned under his regime.

"Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Obamas' first White House dog, Bo, dies Census results show White House doubling down on failure MORE is the president of the most powerful country in the world. And what I called pathetic is not mentioning whatsoever in that statement the reality that there are thousands upon thousands of people who suffered brutally under the Castro regime," Rubio said. 

"He executed people. He jailed people for 20 to 30 years. The Florida Straits, there are thousands of people who lost their lives fleeing his dictatorship. And not to acknowledge any of that in the statement, I felt was pathetic, absolutely."

Obama in a statement Saturday offered condolences to Castro's family but avoided praising or criticizing Castro.