U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and discussed the death of Cuba’s longtime oppressive dictator Fidel Castro and the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.
When ABC News’ Martha Radditz asked Cruz about Fidel Castro’s Death, Sen. Cruz responded:
This is a powerful moment for people all across the country, and especially for Cuban Americans. I was with my dad when he found out the news that Fidel Castro was dead, and he simply said, ‘Praise God.’ For so many of us whose families had been in prison, had been tortured, had seen the destruction of Cuba that Castro carried out… For a man who has tortured and murdered and oppressed, for so many, it is thankful he is no longer with us.
The senator’s father, Rafael Cruz, fled Cuba in the 1950s after being jailed by the regime of Fulgencio Batista, who was the island nation’s president until his government was overthrown by the Castro-led Cuban Revolution in 1959.