The former George W. Bush appointee lashes out at President Donald Trump.
Colin Powell, a former secretary of state, is endorsing Joe Biden.
On “State of the Union” on Sunday morning, Powell said, “I’m quite close to Joe Biden in a social issue and criticizing political sense. I’ve spent 35 to 40 years working with him. He is currently the candidate, and I will support him in the election.
But Powell, who held the position of secretary of state under President George W. Bush, has no immediate plans to travel on any Democratic presidential candidate’s behalf.
He continued, “Well, I haven’t been asked [to support Biden] and I don’t think I will be.” My strength is not in campaigning. I won’t be going on any campaign tours, but I will be speaking for him.
Powell devoted a significant portion of the interview to criticizing President Donald Trump’s behavior and moral character, claiming that he had damaged America’s standing abroad. The President has strayed from the Constitution, which we are required to uphold, according to Powell.
Powell has departed from his Republican origins before. In the 2016 presidential election, he also supported Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.
Three electors switched their ballots from supporting Clinton to Powell in the 2016 election, giving him three electoral votes and placing third overall. Powell served as the first African-American secretary of state, national security adviser, and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in the history of the United States.
Sunday morning shortly after Powell made his remarks, Trump took to Twitter to criticize some of the former secretary’s choices made while serving under the Bush administration.
Trump tweeted, “Colin Powell just said he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden, who was largely responsible for leading us into the catastrophic Middle East Wars. Powell reportedly claimed that Iraq has “weapons of mass devastation.” They didn’t, so we headed out to WAR!”
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