‘One of our great Americans’: President Biden, Bush remember Colin Powell for his honor and dignity

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden and other surviving former US presidents remembered Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, the nation’s top military and national security adviser, who died Monday at the age of 84.

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His family said that Powell, the country’s first black secretary of state, died of complications from COVID-19.

Powell, a retired four-star general, served in the armed forces for four decades, including as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H. W. Bush, and Secretary of State to George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. acted as. .

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As Secretary of State, Powell oversaw US diplomacy in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq. Powell, a Republican, broke party ranks several times by supporting Republican John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016, and Barack Obama against Biden in the 2020 election.

Colin Powell, the first black secretary of state, dies of COVID-19 complications

Biden: ‘Above all, Colin was my friend’

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Biden called Powell a “dear friend and patriot of unmatched honor and respect” in a statement on Monday.

Biden said, “In our many years working together – even in disagreements – Colin was always someone who gave you his best and treated you with respect.”

Secretary of State Colin Powell shakes hands with US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Bidenon September 26, 2002, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, before testifying on US policy toward Iraq.

Biden said Powell “embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat” and that he was “above all committed to the strength and security of our country.” The president said that Powell, who fought in the wars, “understood better than anyone that the military alone could not be enough to maintain our peace and prosperity.

“From his front seat of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values ​​that make our nation strong. Over and over again, he Putting himself first, before the party, first.—in and out of uniform—and it earned him the universal respect of the American people.”

Biden continued, “Above all, Colin was my friend. He was easy to share a laugh with. A trusted confidant in good and tough times. He could drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody’s business – something I raced.” The first time I learned on the track was when I was Vice President. And I am forever grateful for his support of my candidacy for President and his support for our shared fight for the soul of the nation. I am able to call upon his wisdom in the future I will miss being.”

Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden were saddened to learn of Powell’s death and offered condolences to the Powell family. “Colin Powell was a good man. He will be remembered as one of our great Americans.”

Bush: ‘Highly respected at home and abroad’

George W Bush said he and former First Lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by the death of Powell, calling him “a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam”.

“He was such a favorite of presidents that he twice earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was highly respected at home and abroad,” Bush said in a statement. “And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send our sincere condolences to Alma and her children as they remember the life of a great man.”

President Bush touches the arms of Secretary of State Colin Powell, right wing, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as he speaks to reporters during a meeting with his cabinet at the White House Thursday, May 30, 2002.

Clinton remembers

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement that Powell was a courageous soldier, a skilled commander, a dedicated diplomat, and a good and decent man.

“The son of immigrants, he rose to the top levels of military, civilian and non-government service through intelligence, character and ability to see the big picture and participate in SM.

Carter: Powell’s ‘courage and integrity’ inspired generations

Former President Jimmy Carter said he and former First Lady Roslyn Carter “joined many people around the world in mourning the passing of General Colin Powell.”

“A true patriot and public servant, we were honored to work with him to strengthen communities in the United States, to help resolve conflict in Haiti, and to oversee elections in Jamaica. His courage and integrity are to come. Will be an inspiration to generations. We will keep his family in our prayers during this difficult time.”

President Barack Obama talks with reporters after his meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the importance of ratifying the new START treaty, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at the Oval Office in White in Washington.

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