“General Colin L. Powell passed away this morning with Govt-19 complications,” the family said on its Facebook account. They say he was fully vaccinated. Powell was the first black secretary of the United States.
Born in 1937, Powell began his career in the U.S. Army, where he served for 35 years. He has been promoted one after another, has been selected for important state advisory bodies, and has received numerous medals and awards for his contributions.
In 2001, he became Secretary of State for the then President George W. Bush team. At that point, during a presentation to the United Nations, he sent false information – Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction – to continue the war in Iraq. Two years later, that request was clearly denied. It was a huge blow to its popularity. He then spoke of a ‘shame’ in his application.
After his political career, Powell began working as a strategic consultant and motivational speaker. As a central Republican, he leaned more and more toward democracy, openly supporting former President Barack Obama when he ran for president in 2008. He then spoke out strongly against Donald Trump, promising to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.
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