The former secretary of State George W. Bush, Colin Powell, announced on Sunday that he would vote for democrat Joe Biden during the presidential election of November, denouncing the “lies” of Donald Trump.
First African-American to have held the position of chief of staff of the armed forces, before becoming head of the american diplomacy under the presidency of republican George W. Bush, Colin Powell has always been very critical of Donald Trump.
In 2016, it was announced that he would vote for Hillary Clinton.
“I could not vote for him (in 2016) and I certainly can’t support the president, Trump this year,” he said on CNN, stating explicitly that it would vote for Joe Biden.
“We have a constitution, must respect the constitution. And the president has distanced himself from it “, he lamented.
“I would never have used this word for any of the four presidents for whom I worked : he lies,” he continued, lamenting the silence of the republican party vis-à-vis the billionaire.
“He lies all the time,” he said, calling on all Americans to reflect on its impact on society and on the place of the United States in the world. “Think, use your common sense, ask yourself the question : is this good for my country “?.
When asked about the severe indictment of Jim Mattis, former minister of Defense of Donald Trump, who has accused the latter of wanting to “divide” America, Collin Powell felt that the diagnosis was indisputable.
“Look at everything he has done to divide us “, he explained, referring to the issue of racial tensions, but also the place of the United States in the world.
Advocate of the Iraq war, Mr. Powell had made on 5 February 2003, before the security Council of the UN, a long speech on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) allegedly held by Iraq, the arguments that were used to justify the invasion of the country.
He later acknowledged that this provision was a “stain” on its reputation. “It is a stain because I’m the one who made this presentation on behalf of the United States to the world, and this will always be part of my balance sheet “, he said.
In a tweet written shortly after the interview of the former head of the american diplomacy, Donald Trump is back on this episode.
“Powell had said that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction? They did not, but we went to WAR! “