(CNN) — As Cuba observes a nine-day mourning period, mixed reactions surrounding the death of Fidel Castro are still pouring in from the public.
American politicians also reacted to Castro’s death including President Obama who was criticized for offering his condolences.
Senator Bernie Sanders said he would’ve done the same.
The Illinois senator responded, “We’ve had relations with brutal dictatorships all over the world. The goal right now is to see that we can improve our relationships with the people of Cuba.”
Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, tweeted the president’s statement was “pathetic”.
Rubio expressed, “Barack Obama is the president of the most powerful country in the world. And what I call 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.”
President-elect Donald Trump also tweeted about Castro when the news broke then later released his own statement calling the former leader a “brutal dictator” and that his legacy is one of “unimaginable suffering.”
Senator Rubio says he’s confident the Trump administration will bring the change the island nation needs in the wake of Castro’s death.
(Melisa Raney, CNN)