Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mourned the death of a “controversial” man with the passing of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
In a statement released on Saturday morning, Trudeau struck a diplomatic tone while discussing a man who had been close to his father.
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“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader,” the prime minister said in a statement.
“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend.”
Last week, Trudea lectured at the University of Havana and was photographed meeting Castro’s brother, President Raul Castro.
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people,” Trudeau wrote.
In contrast to Trudeau’s warm response to Castro’s death, President-elect of the United States Donald Trump didn’t hold back his glee at Castro’s death.
“Fidel Castro is dead!,” Trump wrote, exclamation mark included.
Fidel Castro was 90 years old.