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Curbelo: Obama's Words on Castro Reflect 'Lukewarm' World Approach

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By    |   Monday, 28 November 2016 03:40 PM

President Barack Obama's words on the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro reflect the "lukewarm approach" he holds toward the world, and why people voted for a "change candidate" in the 2016 election, Rep. Carlos Curbelo said Monday.

"They see and listen to politicians like the president, in this case, who are unwilling to state a simple truth that Fidel Castro was a dictator, a murderer, an enemy of the United States," the Florida Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "My own family felt this. My grandfather was imprisoned for 12 years and tortured for opposing the government. His brother was executed without trial. I mean, this was the nature of Fidel Castro. This is who he was."

Curbelo said his uncle was executed, with dozens of others and without a trial, for opposing the government, and he said it was "painful" to hear Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praise Castro as a "great leader" who "served his people well."

"It's very painful and it's very sad and that's why it's incumbent upon us to make sure the truth gets out," said Curbelo, who appeared on the program with former Florida GOP Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart. "That's what Fidel Castro and his government have been good at throughout the years is propaganda and selling a lie about who he is, about who he was in this case and about what the Cuban Revolution was."

The revolution, he said, was about death and theft and opposing American interests worldwide, "and it remains that way today, except that the intellectual author is no longer on the face of the Earth and that certainly brings relief to many of our families and that's why you see so much celebration in Miami."

Diaz-Balart, who was born in Havana and fled with his family during the revolution, told the program that Castro was the only person in power who ever asked for a first nuclear strike against the United States.

"His declassified letter during the missile crisis saying if the invasion comes, it is necessary, Mr. Chairman, for the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear first strike on the United States," said Diaz-Balart. "In other words, if the United States comes and gets me to liberate the Cuban people, please eliminate the United States from the face of the Earth."

But that was how Castro was, he continued, describing him as a "pathological liar, murderer and someone who had no limits in his egotism."

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President Barack Obama's words on the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro reflect the "lukewarm approach" he holds toward the world, and why people voted for a "change candidate" in the 2016 election, Rep. Carlos Curbelo said Monday.
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