Former President Trump attacks Colin Powell day after his death
As much of the world spent Monday mourning the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former President Donald Trump attacked the late U.S. general Tuesday.
Trump’s statement released through his political action committee said in part, “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. He was a classic RINO [Republican In Name Only] if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans.”
Trump went on to say that, “He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!”
Long Island residents had mixed reactions to Trump’s comments.
“Wow, I’m speechless, but I’m definitely not surprised,” says Glen Cove resident Tanya.
She says his statement does not help with healing political division in the country.
Others like Francine Suflay say the 45th president is “absolutely right” but doesn’t agree with the timing or way he said it.
“It was definitely not the right way to say it,” Suflay says. “He should have just said, ‘I give my condolences.’”
Trump’s words are in contrast to what other former presidents said about Powell.
Former President George W. Bush said, "He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom—twice.”
Former President Barack Obama stated that “Michelle and I will always look to him as an example of what America—and Americans—can and should be.”