“We have a constitution. We must follow it. The president has drifted away from her, “Powell, a retired general who served President George W. Bush, said” State of the Union “to CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The comments of Powell, the first secretary of state for African Americans and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, complement the growing list of reprimands that former senior officials have made in recent days who have expressed discontent with Trump’s strong approach to protests caused by the death of Floyd, a black man who was killed under the End of May by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
Powell said he was “proud” of what many former generals, admirals, and diplomats said about Trump’s response to popular protests last week, adding that he had not issued a public statement condemning Trump’s response because he felt he was not satisfied with Trump in 2016, when he voted against him.
“I think what we are seeing now, this mass protest movement that I have seen in my life, I think it suggests that the country is wise and that we will no longer tolerate it,” said retired General Tapper.Last week, former Trump defense secretary James Mattis said in a nasty statement that Trump “is not even trying to” unite the country, but is engaged in a “deliberate effort” to divide the country and lacks “Mature leadership”. ””Former White House chief of staff John Kelly also blew up the president’s reaction to the protests, saying on Friday he agreed with Mattis’s assessment and thought there was “great fear that the party was out of control, a tribal case she was standing. “
When asked by Tapper if he exactly agreed with Mattis’ comments, Powell doubled down on his criticism of Trump.
“You have to agree to this. Look at what he did to divide us, “he said. “I agree with all my former colleagues.”
“I am proud of what they do. I am proud that they were ready to take the risk of being honest and telling the truth to those who are not telling the truth, ”he said.
A former Republican official also said he intends to vote for Democrat Joe Biden for president in November, again voting against Trump as he did in 2016.
“I am very close to Joe Biden on social and political issues. I have worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now a candidate and I will vote for him, ”Powell said.