Colin Powell, ex-military leader and Secretary of State, passed away due to complications from COVID-19, although he was totally vaccinated. He had also suffered from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. The 84-year Vietnam War vet passed away early Monday, according to his family. On Tuesday, Trump slammed him and the press for their positive coverage of whom he described as a RINO (Republican in name only), who “made plenty of mistakes.”
Trump released a statement with mixed messages through his Save America political action committee. He said that it was “wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made so many mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction be treated so beautifully” by whom he termed as the “Fake News Media.”
He also said that he hoped that it would happen to him someday. Then he called Powell a “classic RiNO.” He also said that Powell “made plenty of mistakes” and concluded the statement saying “may he rest in peace.”
Colin Powell was the first black man to hold several positions of importance in America. Although he played an ignoble role in the Iraq war as Secretary of State under the presidency of George W. Bush, many paid tributes to his other distinguishing characteristics and recognized him as a trailblazer. Powell had later admitted that his role in the Iraq War was “painful” and a “blot on his record as he had presented faulty intelligence to the United Nations that President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Colin Powell had a long and distinguished career, despite his mistakes in the Iraq War. He worked through several presidencies including that of Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Bush Jr., and Clinton. He was a four star general and the first African American to become the Joint Chief of Staffs, a national security adviser and a Secretary of State.
Powell had also been a harsh critic of Donald Trump before and after he assumed office. On Monday, veteran journalist Bob Woodward reported in the Washington Post that Powell had criticized Trump in his final interview before his death. He was critical of Trump due to his role in January 6 Capitol riot.
Powell had endorsed Joe Biden for president in the 2020 elections. According to a report in The Hill, after the Capitol riot, Colin Powell said that he could no longer call himself “a fellow Republican.”