ATLANTA - President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his reaction to the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro early Saturday morning.
“Fidel Castro is dead!” read the tweet.
Fidel Castro is dead!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2016
It's the first tweet the incoming president has sent in nearly 24 hours.
Trump’s presidential transition team issued the following statement:
"Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.
While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba."