Transcript for Differing Responses to Castro's Death From Obama, Trump
Fidel Castro sparking heated controversy, about the reaction to his own death. President Obama accused of being too easy on Castro in his own statement. And Donald Trump with harsh words. Jonathan Karl at the white house tonight. Reporter: Donald Trump greeted Fidel Castro's death as good news, at first issuing a simple tweet. "Fidel Castro is dead!" Punctuating the fact with an exclamation point. Hours later, he elaborated with a statement calling Castro a brutal dictator whose legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. From president Obama, a much different response. Offering, quote, "Condolences to Fidel Castro's family." The president made no direct mention of Castro's long record abusing human rights. Instead saying, quote, "History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him." The difference is not surprising. After all, it was Obama who reopened ties with Cuba and trump who said he might undo that move. We will cancel Obama's one-sided Cuban deal. Reporter: But trump's latest statement made no such threat. Jon, any indication that president-elect trump will move to reverse president Obama's Cuba policy? David, president-elect trump as president could remove that policy with the stroke of a pen. It seems more likely he will pressure the Cuban government for concessions on human rights. Meanwhile, president Obama and president-elect trump continue to talk regularly. Including a phone call yesterday that the trump team says lasted 45 minutes. David? Jon, thank you. Any possible change from the white house is introducing uncertainty into the relations
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