The comments by Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Reince Priebus followed the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Waking up to Fidel Castro's death Saturday morning, really caught him off guard.
Edelso Castro was born in Cuba, he said goodbye to his family flying to Texas and started a new life in Port Arthur 3 years ago.
There was no heightened military or police presence to mark the passing of the epochal revolutionary leader, and at Havana University, Castro's alma mater, hundreds of students gathered to wave huge Cuban flags and shout "Viva Fidel and Viva Raul".
Nevertheless, it was a day for reflection. Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory, embraced Soviet-style communism a.
According to officials at the African Union the chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Fidel Castro was an iconic leader who fought for freedom and equality.
It is unclear whether Trump, who takes office on January 20, will continue efforts to normalize relations with Cuba or fulfill a campaign promise to close the US embassy in Havana once again. They overthrew Batista in just over two years.
"Raul wants to do business, that's it. Fidel was still holed up in the Sierra Maestra", said Belkis Bejarano, a 65-year-old homemaker in central Havana.
In his twilight years Fidel Castro largely refrained from offering his opinions publicly on domestic issues, lending tacit backing to his brother's free-market reforms. "More than ever the USA must continue to be a friend and partner to the Cuban people as we work together to expand opportunity for our two countries through trade, travel, and political engagement".
US President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday that his administration would "do all it can" once he takes office on January 20 to help increase freedom and prosperity for Cuban people after the death of Fidel Castro. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba. "There are a lot of transformations, a lot of changes, but I think that the revolution will keep on in the same way and always keep moving forward". "Then came Fidel and the revolution".
"We're not going to march today so that the government does not take it as a provocation and so that they can pay their tributes", the group's leader, Berta Soler, said on Sunday.
During the campaign, Trump said he would reverse "concessions" to the Cuban government by Obama unless the Castro government meets his demands. The group is funded by Cuban exiles in the United States, and the government says its members are mercenaries doing the bidding of the USA government. The executions coincided with a crackdown and stiff prison sentences of up to 28 years for 75 of the government's most vocal critics charged with receiving money from and collaborating with USA diplomats to undermine Cuba's leadership.
The Cuban government has declared a nine-day period of mourning and suspended alcohol sales and even baseball games.
August 1994 Castro declares he will not stop Cubans trying to leave; some 40,000 take to sea heading for United States.