Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, blasted Obama for not mentioning those killed and imprisoned under his regime.
“Barack Obama is the president of the most powerful country in the world. And what I called pathetic is not mentioning whatsoever in that statement the reality that there are thousands upon thousands of people who suffered brutally under the Castro regime,” Rubio said.
“He executed people. He jailed people for 20 to 30 years. The Florida Straits, there are thousands of people who lost their lives fleeing his dictatorship. And not to acknowledge any of that in the statement, I felt was pathetic, absolutely.”
Obama in a statement Saturday offered condolences to Castro’s family but avoided praising or criticizing Castro.