George W. Bush reacts to Colin Powell’s death

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Colin Powell, the first black US Secretary of State, whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape US foreign policy in the late 20th century and early 21st century, died of complications from COVID-19. The family said. Facebook. He was 84 years old.

“General Colin L. Powell, former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid-19. He was fully vaccinated. We are at Walter Reed National Medical for the medical staff. Would like to thank. Center for his caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the Powell family said.

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Powell was a distinguished and leading professional soldier, whose career saw him being removed from combat duty in Vietnam, the first black national security adviser at the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and the youngest and first African to serve as the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former President George became American president. HW Bush.

His national popularity soared after the victory of the US-led coalition during the Gulf War, and in the mid-90s, he was considered a leading contender to become the first black president of the United States.


But his reputation would be tainted forever when, as George W. Bush’s first Secretary of State, he forwarded flawed intelligence to the United Nations to advocate for the Iraq War, which he later described as a “smear” on his record. ” said.

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