Just this week, Colin Powell released a statement in response to the US President, Donald Trump’s speech about the protest against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Colin Powell, who is an American politician and retired four-star general in the United States Army happens to be the first black to serve as the 65th United States Secretary of State under the former US President George W. Bush. He also served as National Security Advisor, as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his military career.
According to CNN “Trump ‘drifted away’ from the constitution,” the ex-military chief declared on 8th June 2020, as he strongly criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of anti-racism protests against the cruel treatment of George Floyd, a black, by a white Minneapolis police officer.
The former US Secretary of State, who’s a Republican, is the latest to condemn Mr. Trump’s response, including his threats to use the army to quell unrest during the protest on black lives matter. Speaking on Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Mr. Colin Powell said: “We have a constitution. And we have to follow that constitution. And the president has drifted away from it.”
Here are some points below that may need to be reiterated
- How did George Floyd Die?
George Floyd, aged 46, died in police custody in Minneapolis on 25th May. The video showed him pinned to the floor, with a white police officer kneeling on his neck for about nine minutes.
- Colin Powell to vote for Joe Biden
First African American to serve in US chiefs of staff, Colin Luther Powell also declared he would vote for Trump’s rival, Joe Biden, who is the Democratic candidate in November’s poll.
- Trump’s Reaction to Powell’s Statements
President Trump also fired back at Powell by calling him “highly overrated”. In a tweet, President Trump said Colin Powell was “a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars”, making reference to the 1990-93 Gulf War and the US-led invasion in Iraq in the year 2003.
- Other prominent people lend their voices to Trump’s handling of the anti-racism protests
Mr. Joe Biden, whom Trump usually refers to as Sleepy Joe, also took to Twitter to criticise Mr. Trump’s handling of the protests, saying he had “callously used his [words as a president] to incite violence, stoke the flames of hatred and division, and drive us further apart”. Also, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CBS News’ Face the Nation that she would want Mr. Trump to “put tweeting aside for a little bit” and have a dialogue with the Americans. “Not everyone is going to agree with any president, with this president, but you have to speak to every American, not just to those who might agree with you,” she said.
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