Tru-D'OH! Canadian PM's eulogy for Castro mocked

Justin Trudeau (Reuters)
Justin Trudeau (Reuters)

Justin Trudeau's upbeat eulogy for late Cuban leader Fidel Castro has sparked criticism - and humour - from many Americans.

The Canadian Prime Minister had close family ties with Mr Castro, and his father regarded the former leader as a friend.

In a statement, Mr Trudeau called Mr Castro a "remarkable leader", saying he was "larger than life" and a "legendary revolutionary".

"While a controversial figure, both Mr Castro's supporters and detractors recognised his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for 'el Comandante'," the statement said.

Such positive comments about the controversial figure led to a flurry of critical and satirical tweets from the public, many rebuking the Canadian PM for avoiding mention of Mr Castro's questionable human rights record and other contentious subjects.

The hashtag #TrudeauEulogies was spawned as a result, and has been trending in the US as people mock Mr Trudeau's optimistic tone and lack of criticism.

Other politicians have also been quick to criticise Mr Trudeau. Former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, attacked Mr Trudeau's statement calling it "shameful" and "embarrassing".