Ted Cruz: No U.S. Officials Should Attend Fidel Castro's Funeral

Cruz blasted Obama and Trudeau's statements upon Castro's death.

Cruz said on ABC News' "This Week" that the death of the longtime Cuban leader presents "an interesting test" for U.S. officials over the the next few days.

Cruz also reflected on "This Week" on his family's Cuban heritage and experiences with the Castro regime.

Cruz said Castro's death "is a powerful moment for people all across the country, and especially for Cuban-Americans. I was with my dad when he found out the news that Fidel Castro was dead, and he simply said, 'Praise God.’”

"For a man who has tortured and murdered and oppressed, for so many, it is thankful that he is no longer with us,” Cruz said.

The senator said that he hopes Cuba’s future will hold greater liberty for its citizens. But he attacked Obama’s easing U.S. relations with the country, saying it emboldened Cuba’s current leader, Raul Castro.

"Raul is the dictator now ... And what Obama has done is funneled billion of dollars to Raul Castro, which is being used to oppress dissidents,” Cruz said.

Cruz added, "This ought to be a moment where Cubans are dancing in the street because they’re being liberated, but instead, listen, if you dance in the street, you’re going to be thrown in jail. Cuba is not a free society.”

Cruz also expressed his hope to visit the country where his father is from.

"I look forward to coming to Cuba, but seeing a free Cuba where people can live, where it’s pulled out of the land that time forgot,” he said.

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