Trump Slams 'Fake News Media' for Treating Late Powell 'Beautifully' Despite 'Big Mistakes' on Iraq
17:33 GMT 19.10.2021 (Updated: 13:25 GMT 06.08.2022)
© AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta In this May 5, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on tax reform at Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
© AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Ex-US President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticised late former Secretary of State Colin Powell a day after his death, and singled out his presentation at the UN Security Council on alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003.
"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", Trump said in a statement. "Hope that happens to me someday".
Trump called Powell a "classic RINO [Republican in name only]", accusing him of being the first to attack other Republicans and making lots of mistakes.
Powell died on Monday at the age of 84 of complications from COVID-19. He had been treated over the past few years for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that impairs the body's ability to fight infections and to respond well to vaccines.
18 October 2021, 19:23 GMT
Powell, the first African-American to serve both as secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the head of the US Armed Forces, led the American military to its overwhelming victory in the 1991 first Gulf War against Iraq. As US secretary of state, Powell notoriously demonstrated a vial of white powder during a United Nations Security Council session that he said could contain anthrax, as "proof" that the then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had concealed his weapons of mass destruction programme. While WMDs were never found and the programme appeared to be non-existent, his presentation made the case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.