Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell as a “classic RINO” who made “big mistakes on Iraq”.
In a statement issued by his Political Action Committee, the former president said it was “wonderful” that Mr Powell had been “treated to death so beautifully by the fake news media”, and expressed the hope that someday he would be treated by the press. would be appreciated. Death.
“He made a lot of mistakes, but still, may he live in peace!” The former president wrote.
Mr Powell, 84, died on Monday from complications due to Covid-19, his family said.
The New York City native first rose to prominence as a national security adviser to then-President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reagan’s successor, George HW Bush, promoted him to the position of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before retiring from the US military in 1993.
Mr. Powell was the first black American to hold the position of chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and when he returned to public service in 2001 as Secretary of State to President George W. Bush, he also became the first black person to hold that high office .
Mr Trump’s reference to “big mistakes on Iraq” was a reference to Mr Powell’s controversial 2003 presentation to the UN Security Council, in which he argued that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
The former four-star general was not a fan of Mr Trump, whom he publicly called a liar and called his rhetoric “dangerous to our democracy”.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /