Fidel Castro decided to let his country go hungry because he refused to acknowledge the failures of his communist state, but his supporters still believe that he bestowed upon his people “social improvements.” Unfortunately, those words are straight out of the mouth of one disillusioned American congresswoman.
As the world reacted with mixed feelings Saturday to the death of Fidel Castro, a Bay Area member of Congress who’s visited Cuba more than 20 times called him a global leader who should be mourned.
“We need to stop and pause and mourn his loss,” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said in a phone interview.
When she learned the news, Lee said, “I was very sad for the Cuban people.
“He led a revolution in Cuba that led social improvements for his people.”
In her eight meetings with Castro over the years, Lee said, she found him to be “a smart man. A historian. He wanted normal relations with the United States but not at the expense of the accomplishments of the revolution.”
Lee is widely regarded as one of the most liberal members of the U.S. House. She was the only no vote on the invasion of Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.
She called Saturday for the U.S. to speed the full economic relations with the county by lifting travel restrictions and ending the trade embargo with Cuba in the wake of Castro’s death.
When President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday blurted out in a tweet “Fidel Castro is dead!” it showed Trump’s unfitness for office, Lee said.
“It’s not presidential at all,” she said. “This not how you react as a world leader.”
How ironic that Lee would criticize Trump's behavior in the wake of Castro's death. Castro brought the world to the brink of nuclear war, but she finds Trump's tweets offensive. Her district should be offended that they have such a ridiculous representative in congress.
Source: Mercury News