He now lives in relative seclusion but is occasionally heard from in opinion pieces or seen on television and in photos meeting with visiting dignitaries. READ MORE: Taliban faction taunts Pakistan PM after Easter Day bombing Fidel Castro blasted Obama for not referring in his speech to the extermination of native peoples in both the United States and Cuba, not recognizing Cuba's gains in health and education, and not coming clean on what he might know about how South Africa obtained nuclear weapons before apartheid ended, presumably with the aid of the U. Castro also took aim at the tourism industry in Cuba, which has grown further since Obama's rapprochement with Raul Castro in December 2014.
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They are grateful that, while President Trump transgresses and blunders, the generals in powerful jobs — national security adviser H. This is evidence of deep political decay, which started long before Trump’s election.Obama's visit was aimed at consolidating a detente between the once intractable Cold War enemies and the U. president said in a speech to the Cuban people that it was time for both nations to put the past behind them and face the future "as friends and as neighbors and as family, together." "One assumes that every one of us ran the risk of a heart attack listening to these words," Castro said in his column, dismissing Obama's comments as "honey-coated" and reminding Cubans of the many U. efforts to overthrow and weaken the Communist government.RECOMMENDED: Security failures leave SAT scores in question Castro, 89, laced his opinion piece with nationalist sentiment and, bristling at Obama's offer to help Cuba, said the country was able to produce the food and material riches it needs with the efforts of its people.“The president made clear time and time again both in private meetings with President Castro, but also in public when he delivered a speech to the Cuban people, that the U. commitment to human rights is rock solid and that's not going to change,” Earnest said.Fidel Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and led the country until 2006, when he fell ill and passed power to his brother Raul Castro. "My modest suggestion is that he reflects (on the U. role in South Africa and Cuba's in Angola) and not now try to elaborate theories about Cuban politics," Castro said.Since taking office, Trump has displayed a striking willingness to embrace autocrats as potential partners in his "America First" agenda, even if it means ignoring their heavy-handed tactics and repression at home.