Former George W. Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden, warning of the danger of a second term for “treacherous” President Donald Trump. the weather “.
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Colin Powell, 83, the first African-American to hold the position of Chief of the Defense Staff before becoming head of American diplomacy under the Republican presidency of George W. Bush, has always been very critical of Donald Trump .
Four years ago, he announced that he would vote for Hillary Clinton.
“I couldn’t vote for him (in 2016) and I certainly can’t support President Trump this year,” he said on CNN, explicitly stating that he would vote for Joe Biden.
“We have a constitution, must respect the constitution. And the president has moved away from it, “he lamented, referring in particular to his reaction to protests against racism across the United States after the death of George Floyd under the knee of a white police officer.
“I would never have used that word for any of the four presidents I have worked for: he is lying,” he said, lamenting the Republican party’s silence vis-à-vis the billionaire.
“He is lying all the time,” he insisted, calling on all Americans to think about its impact on society and the place of the United States in the world. “Think, use your common sense, ask yourself the question: is this good for my country”?
Asked about the harsh indictment of Jim Mattis, former Defense Minister of Donald Trump who accused him of wanting to “divide” America, Colin Powell said that the diagnosis was indisputable.
“Look at all he has done to divide us,” he said, noting the issue of racial tension, but also relations with the United States’ allies.
Joe Biden said in a tweet that: “This is not about politics. This is about the future of our country. Thank you for your support. “
“Put the tweets aside”
Iraq War Advocate Powell made a lengthy address to the UN Security Council on February 5, 2003 on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) allegedly owned by Iraq, arguments that served to justify the invasion of the country.
He later admitted that this performance was a “stain” on his reputation: “It is a stain because I am the one who made this presentation on behalf of the United States before the world, and it will always be part of my balance sheet. “
In a tweet written shortly after the interview with the former US diplomat, Donald Trump quipped at the support given to his Democratic rival by a man he said was “very overrated”.
And he went back a long time to the episode of 2003. “Didn’t Powell say that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction? They didn’t have one, but we went to WAR! “
Another prominent black figure in the Bush years, Condoleezza Rice, who succeeded Colin Powell in 2005 in the State Department, has refused to comment on his vote at this stage.
But the one who hadn’t supported Donald Trump in 2016, gave him advice that very much resembles a list of reproaches.
“Put the tweets aside for a while and talk to us, start a conversation,” she suggested to him on CBS, calling on him to show more empathy.
“Throughout our history, we have turned to the Oval Office in search of messages, signals,” she added.
According to the New York Times, George W. Bush “will not support” the re-election of Donald Trump on November 3 for a second four-year term. The daily, which does not cite a source, does not say if the only former Republican president still alive plans to vote for Joe Biden.