White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has announced that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will not attend the funeral for Cuba’s oppressive murderous dictator Fidel Castro, who died this weekend:

In an effort to halt a series of questions about the potential attendance of various individual government officials, Earnest would confirm only that the president and vice president would not travel to Cuba for the funeral service. He pointedly refused to rule out that Secretary of State John Kerry would attend, but would not confirm his attendance, either.

“I don’t want to lead you to conclude that the secretary of state is considering attending,” Earnest said. “What I want to lead you to conclude is that we’ll have an announcement as soon as we can get one out about a delegation, if there is one.”

Politicians have pushed the Obama administration not to send anyone:

Obama received massive criticism for his statement after Castro croaked:

President Obama issued a statement Saturday morning: “Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.”

“For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements,” Obama said. “During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends — bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity.”

Kerry sent condolences to the Cuban people for losing their leader, even though that man spent six decades oppressing and murdering Cuban people without a trial. I could list all of the horrendous actions Castro took against the Cuban people, but then I’d write a novel.