Former President Donald Trump (left) raised various ‘mistakes’ by the late Colin Powell (right) (Pictures: WMDS)
Former President Donald Trump attacked former Secretary of State Colin Powell and expressed envy that the media on Monday covered his ‘death so beautifully’.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, Trump brought up various ‘mistakes’ by the late Powell, who was the US’s first black secretary of state and died of a coronavirus-related illness.
‘Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media,’ Trump stated.
‘Hope that happens to me someday.’
Powell, 84, served as secretary of state under former President George W Bush during the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Powell garnered international support for invading Iraq and provided erroneous intelligence to the United Nations, alleging that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Media reports have blamed Powell for the Iraq War, but also lauded him for breaking in as the black secretary of state.
Trump also accused Powell of being a ‘Republican In Name Only’, a pejorative term for lawmakers elected by the GOP but who allegedly legislate like Democrats.
‘He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans,’ Trump stated.
‘He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!’
Powell, who endorsed President Joe Biden, strongly criticized Trump, especially around the deadly January 6 Capitol riot. After the insurrection, Powell said he could ‘no longer call myself a fellow Republican’.
The New York Times’ Washington correspondent Maggie Haberman was among many Twitter users to pointed out Trump’s rather tone deaf remark.
‘Given the chance to be gracious about someone’s death, or say nothing at all, Trump takes a decidedly different route,’ tweeted Haberman, adding, ‘And of course it’s larded in envy about coverage.’
Haberman went on to share ‘in contrast’, former Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks on Powell that he tweeted on Monday morning.
‘Colin Powell was a true American Patriot who served our Nation with distinction in uniform, as a four-star general, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and as 65th Secretary of State,’ Pence said. ‘Karen and I are praying for his wife, Alma, and the entire Powell family.’
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