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

Rubio: Obama's response to Castro death 'pathetic'
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President Obama's reaction to the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro was "pathetic," Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week Trump declares national emergency at border Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans 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 ObamaIntelligence for the days after President Trump leaves office Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love 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.