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Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: Castro's Victims 'Shocked' by World Leaders' Reactions

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By    |   Monday, 28 November 2016 10:20 AM

There are many victims of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's oppression, and "all of them are shocked" with the reactions of many world leaders, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who fled Castro's regime with her family when she was 8-years-old.

"What a difference it has been to have world leaders react to the death of a tyrant, a dictator, murderer, sadistic killer," the Florida Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I'm humble to represent victims of Castro's oppression."

Many are family members of the victims of firing squads or political prisoners, she said, while insisting nothing will really change with Castro's brother, Raul, remaining in charge.

"Meet the new boss," Ros-Lehtinen said. "Same as the old boss. What will really change from Fidel Castro to Raul Castro? Raul has already been entrenched in power for a number of years. That transition has taken place.

"Fidel Castro's death would have more of an impact had he been in power at the time, but he was able to pass off that baton. This is a very hurt community."

She also complained about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying Trudeau remarked on "what a great orator Fidel Castro was," while Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto called Castro "a friend."

Further, she noted that President Barack Obama has a "personal legacy" in restoring relations with Cuba, and was "quick to send that statement out saying nothing about the victims, nothing about his record, Fidel Castro's record of being a sadistic leader."

Ros-Lehtinen also discounted talk about how Castro outlasted many United States presidents.

"Of course, you can when you don't have elections, when you rule with an iron fist, you can survive anything," she said.

"Just ask the Kim dynasty in North Korea. It's amazing. It makes us sick to see the leaders' reactions. I hope that President Obama does not send himself or a delegation to this tyrant's funeral."

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