Former Pres. Trump Blasts Colin Powell in Death; ‘He Made Big Mistakes’

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"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," the one-term president said in a statement on Tuesday.   

Former President Donald Trump sharply criticized the first Black Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died on Monday, and the media over its coverage of his death.   

“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,” the one-term president said in a statement on Tuesday.   

Trump also referred to Powell as a “classic RINO”, which stands for “Republican in name only.”   

“He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” Trump wrote.   

RELATED: First Black Secretary of State Colin Powell Dies From COVID Complications 

The four-star general, who’s served under multiple Republican administrations, never endorsed Trump during the last two presidential elections, choosing to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 and then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020.   

Powell died from complications from COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Medical Center while battling a rare blood cancer, multiple myeloma, which weakens the immune system. He was 84.   

Trump’s lashing out at Powell, even in death, isn’t surprising. He’s routinely criticized Powell, former President George W. Bush and others on their role in the U.S.’s invasion of Iraq.   

To build a coalition in support of the war in Iraq, Powell falsely claimed to the United Nations in 2003 that then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.   

The U.N. inspectors never found nuclear weapons in Iraq, which damaged Powell’s public credibility, which he acknowledged in 2006.   

“It’s a blot. I’m the one who presented it on behalf of the United States to the world, and [it] will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now,” Powell told ABC News. 

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