Bush leads Colin Powell tributes after ex-secretary of state dies

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On Monday, tributes poured in from across the world to General Colin Powell, the first black man to hold the position of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State.

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In a statement announcing he had passed away from complications due to Covid-19, his family wrote: “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American”.

Former President George W. Bush, who elected General Powell as his Secretary of State after winning the 2000 presidential election, said in a statement that both he and former First Lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by his passing.


He was a great public servant starting from his time as a soldier during Vietnam.

Bush wrote, “Many presidents relied on the advice and expertise of General Powell … He was such a favorite of presidents that he twice earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

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“He was highly respected at home and abroad, and – most importantly – Colin was a family man and a friend”.

Members of Congress and other political figures on both sides of the aisle also praised the leading soldier and diplomat, who was once considered a potential GOP presidential candidate.

Republican Representative Vern Buchanan of Florida wrote on Twitter that General Powell is “an incredible statesman and American hero” who “shaped American foreign policy for the past three decades”.

House Republican Conference Speaker Alice Stefnick said she was “saddened” to hear of General Powell’s passing. “America has lost a true leader and American patriot, but we will always remember his service to the United States of America!” she wrote.

Another Republican representative, Carlos Gimenez, called him “a patriot and a trailblazer” and “a giant in American foreign policy as the world navigated through the collapse of the Soviet Union and a wave of global terrorism”.

“He served his country with incredible honor and distinction,” he said. Democratic National Committee Chairman Jamie Harrison also took to Twitter to praise General Powell, whom he described as “a statesman who defended his country.” [and] family over everything “.

“As a young black man, he inspired me [and] showed that there is no limit to what we can be or achieve,” Harrison said.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / George W Bush

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