The Cuban communist leader Fidel Castro has died at age 90. Here’s some facts about his rise to power.
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WASHINGTON — The White House condemned former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s human rights record on Monday, but said his death would likely have no impact on U.S. policy toward the communist island now ruled by Castro’s brother Raul.
“There certainly is no whitewashing the kinds of activities that he ordered and that his government presided over that go against the very values that this country — that our country — has long defended,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
His language was markedly stronger than the value-neutral statement President Obama issued after Castro’s death last week, which said only that “history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”
Congressional Republicans — particularly those descended from Cuban exiles — condemned Obama’s statement. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called it “pathetic.” Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., told MSNBC that Obama was “unwilling to state a simple truth that Fidel Castro was a dictator, a murderer, an enemy of the United States,”
But Earnest defended the president’s more diplomatic approach. “To issue some sort of blistering statement and engage in the kind of mutual recriminations that are tied to the past, it doesn’t…
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