Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday slammed President
‘My favorite three words in our Constitution is the first three words – ‘We the People.’ ‘We the People.’ But recently it’s become ‘me the president,’ as opposed to ‘We the People.’ And you see things that should not be happening,’ he said on
He also said he sees no way Trump can be a moral leader on the world stage.
‘I don’t know that he can do that because right now, that is not the way he is acting,’ Powell said.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell slammed President Donald Trump, saying the United States has became ‘me the president’ instead of ‘we the people.’
Powell said there is no way President Trump can be a moral leader on the world stage
Powell, who head the State Department under President George W. Bush, was harshly critical of Trump’s immigration policies, his treatment of the press, and the way he insults people.
He challenged Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan, arguing the United States has always been great.
‘We are great now. We always have been great,’ he said. ‘And so I think what we really have to do is to start changing our mode of dealing with the rest of the world and try to get a system where we are calming down, stop insulting everybody, and see if we cannot reach out.’
Powell also criticized Trump’s attacks on media, who the president has dubbed the ‘fake media’ and ‘the enemy of the press.’
‘How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn’t he read the First Amendment? You’re not supposed to like everything the press says or what anyone says in the First Amendment,’ Powell said.
The retired Army general also blasted the way Trump insults people.
‘And I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people. And I used this two years ago when I said I could not vote for him in the 2016 election — and why? He insulted everybody,’ Powell said.
Trump’s insults date back to the beginning of his 2016 presidential campaign, where he derided ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton and he has added on from there. He called his former FBI director ‘lying’ James Comey, labeled lawmaker Maxine Waters as ‘crazy,’ and called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ‘rocket man.’
Powell also had strong words from Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy that separated children from their families who were illegally crossing at the border.
‘The world is watching, and they cannot believe that we are doing things like separating mothers and children who were trying to get across the border from south of our border – immigrants,’ Powell said. ‘They can’t believe that we’re making such an effort to cease immigration coming into the country. It’s what’s kept us alive.’
Nearly 3,000 children have been separated from their families since April as part of the administration’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.
Trump reversed his separate policy in June when it came under heavy criticism but 13,000 children remain in detention centers, The New York Times reported.
Powell has not been a fan of Trump’s.
During September 2016, during the height of the presidential campaign, Powell’s emails were hacked and it was revealed he called Trump a ‘national disgrace’ and an ‘international pariah.’