BREAKING NEWS: Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld dead at 88

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88.

Rumsfeld served as Defense Secretary under Gerald Ford and George Bush and was central to the plans involving the invasion into Iraq and Afghanistan.

He died in Taos, New Mexico, according to his family. 

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88

The Princeton-educated Rumsfeld drew global attention for his televised briefings during the Iraq War, as when he spoke about weapons of mass destruction in 2002. 

‘As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns,’ he pontificated.

Before the 2016 election, he told DailyMail.com he intended to vote for Donald Trump, even as many members of the defense and political establishment broke away from the real estate mogul and reality TV star. 

Rumsfeld said it was ‘not a close call.’

‘It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald Rumsfeld, an American statesman and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great father,’ his family said in a statement. ‘At 88 he was surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico.’ 

‘History may remember him for his extraordinary accomplishments over six decades or public service, but for those who knew him best and whose lives were forever changed as a result, we will remember his unwavering love for his wife Joyce, his family and friends, and the integrity he brought to a life dedicated to country.’ 

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