Lots of world leaders had fine things to say about the long-overdue death of Fidel, but only Trump got it right.
Donald Trump, president-elect of the US
"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."
Barack Obama, president of the US
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
John Kerry, US secretary of state
"We extend our condolences to the Cuban people today as they mourn the passing of Fidel Castro. Over more than half a century, he played an outsized role in their lives, and he influenced the direction of regional, even global affairs."
Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada
"Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. [I think he means "serviced"] ."
Jimmy Carter, former US president
"Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro."
Michael D. Higgins, president of Ireland
"Fidel Castro will be remembered as a giant among global leaders whose view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all of the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet." [No, seriously, Higgins actually said this]
Xi Jinping, president of China
"With his death, the Chinese people have lost a close comrade and a sincere friend. His glorious image and great achievements will be recorded in history forever." [Now this one's believable]