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Trump blasts media for eulogizing Colin Powell

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Former president Donald Trump did not mince his words in his comments regarding the recently-deceased Republican diplomat and four-star general Colin Powell, who was being treated for blood cancer before succumbing to COVID-19 complications. In his recent statement, Trump lambasted the media for glorifying the architect of the two Iraq wars that tried and the invasion of Panama that aimed to depose Panamanian leader, general and dictator Manuel Noriega, who was a former CIA agent-turned drug trafficker.

“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. Hope that happens to me someday,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump also referred to Powell as a “classic RINO (Republican in name only)” and added that the  former Secretary of State “made plenty of mistakes.” As expected, the ex-commander in chief received flak from his Republican allies, as well as some Democrats.

A RINO is often used as a derogatory term to refer to Republicans who are willing to compromise with the Democrats on a variety of issues such as gun rights, abortion riots and gay marriage. In the past, Powell was a proponent of “pro-choice” and was also in favor of imposing stricter limitations on assault rifles. Back in 1995, Powell’s bid for GOP presidential nomination was opposed by some of his party mates due to the anti-conservative nature of his views and actions.

Before Barack Obama became president, Powell was the first African-American to hold such a high position at the executive level. The bemedalled military man became the country’s national security advisor from 1987 to 1989 and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993, before serving as US secretary of state from 2001 to 2005. 

Powell has garnered several US and foreign military awards and decorations. His huge collection of civilian awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Presidential Citizens Medal, to name a few.

In the aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riot, Powell publicly criticized Trump and even endorsed Joe Biden for president.

“I do not know how he was able to attract all of these people. They should have known better, but they were so taken by their political standing and how none of them wanted to put themselves at political risk. They would not stand up and tell the truth or stand up and criticize him, or criticize others,” Powell said.

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