Although Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio butted heads during the GOP presidential primary, the pair has united to chastise Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for delivering a glowing eulogy of deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
On Saturday, Trudeau released a statement praising Castro as a â€ślarger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century.â€ť
While noting that the autocratic ruler was controversial, Trudeau outrageously claimed that â€śboth Mr. Castroâ€™s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people.â€ť
The prime minister also recalled the friendship between Castro and Trudeauâ€™s father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, saying that the elder Trudeau â€śwas very proud to call him a friend.â€ť
Rubio quickly blasted Trudeauâ€™s remarks on Twitter, calling them â€śshameful and embarrassing.â€ť Within hours, Cruz followed suit, slamming the statement as â€śdisgracefulâ€ť and pondering: â€śWhy do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants?â€ť
Both senators have a personal connection to the news of Castroâ€™s passing thanks to their ancestry: Rubioâ€™s parents immigrated to the United States from Cuba just years before Castro came into power, while Cruzâ€™s father was an early supporter of Castro who became a vocal opponent of Castroâ€™s increasingly dictatorial regime.
Rubio and Cruz also agree that President Barack Obamaâ€™s decision to normalize relations with Cuba was a mistake and have called on President-elect Donald Trump to demand that Cuba show improvement on human rights and economic issues in exchange for the relationship.
Watch part of Prime Minister Trudeauâ€™s response to Castroâ€™s death below: