In a statement today (March 28, 2016) carried by Cuban state-run media, retired Cuban President Fidel Castro accused U.S. President Barack Obama of sweet-talking the Cuban people during his visit on the island last week and ignoring the accomplishments of Communist rule, according to the Reuters website.
Obama's visit was aimed at consolidating a detente between the once intractable Cold War enemies, and the U.S. 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 a family, together." (Cuba has been a Communist nation since 1959 when Fidel Castro became dictator of the country with a coup d'etat.)
"One assumes that every one of us ran the risk of a heart attack listening to these words," Castro said, dismissing Obama's comments as "honey-coated" and reminding Cubans of the many U.S. efforts to overthrow and weaken the Communist government.
Castro, 89, said the country was able to produce the food and material riches it needs with the efforts of its people. "We don't need the empire [the United States] to give us anything," he added.