Trump followed that up a few hours later with a lengthier statement, in which he called Castro a "brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades" and said he hoped Castro's death gave Cuban Americans "the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba."
"Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights," the statement said.
"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."
Trump added: "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."
And then Obama said:
Obama’s statement on Saturday didn’t mention a single human rights abuse during the decades-long reign of the Cuban dictator -- including avoiding the word “dictator.”
The statement appeared calculated to not offend Cuba’s government, including President Raul Castro, with whom Obama has reestablished diplomatic ties and hopes to lift the decades-old trade embargo. Indeed, Obama extended his condolences to Castro’s family.