In a statement on Tuesday morning, Trump said, “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, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” he added.
Read the statement below:
Trump criticizes Colin Powell: pic.twitter.com/nYldug0nto
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) October 19, 2021
The statement comes a day after Powell’s family announced he had died from compications related to COVID-19.
“General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated,” a statement said, adding, “We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”
As CNN noted, “A source familiar with the matter said Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response. Even if fully vaccinated against Covid-19, those who are immunocompromised are at greater risk from the virus.”
And after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Powell wished that Trump would “just do what [former President Richard Nixon] did and just step down.”
“Somebody ought to go up there and tell him it’s over, plane’s waiting for you, you’re out. That way he would not only step down, he would, in addition, sort of cut the guts out from underneath this group of people who he has working for him,” he added.
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