President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will not attend the funeral of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, which is scheduled for December 4, the Newsmax website reports today (November 28, 2016).
The decision appeased top Republicans who had demanded the president avoid the ceremony for the 90-year-old Castro, an atheist, who died on November 25. Even Castro's sister -- who left his dictatorial regime in Cuba to live in Florida -- said she won't be attending her brother's funeral.
Castro turned Cuba into a communist country in 1959, after a successful revolt allowed him to take control of the government. Shortly thereafter, Cuba became a close ally of Soviet Russia and an enemy of the United States.
Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were broken in the early 1960s, and remained broken throughout the remainder of Castro's rule in 2009. At that time, Castro's younger brother, Raoul Castro, took control of the Cuban government, and has remained its communist leader to the present day.