President Joe Biden Retired praise General Colin Powell In his military career as a close friend and national leader, he joined others in the White House to commemorate his death on Monday at the age of 84 in complications of Covid-1 complications.
“Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warriors and diplomats. He was committed to the strength and security of our nation,” Biden said in a White House statement Monday. Military power alone is not enough.From the point of view of his front seat in history, advising presidents and shaping the policies of our nation, Colin led with his personal commitment to democratic values that strengthen our country.
He announced that flags would be flown at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings in Powell’s honor.
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President Barack Obama joins Biden to commemorate Powell’s contributions and legacy during his career.
“Everyone who has worked with General Powell has praised his clarity of thought, perseverance and ability to see all aspects. And although he first admitted that he did not receive every call correctly, his actions reflect that he believed he was America and his service. It’s best for people, “Obama said in a statement.
The four-star military general, Powell was best known for leading Operation Desert Storm in 1991, when US forces invaded Kuwait to liberate it from Iraqi forces and for his role as US Secretary of State at the time. George W. Bush Bush also recalled Powell’s service and dedication to his country after the administration learned of his death.
“Many presidents relied on the advice and experience of General Powell,” Bush wrote in a statement. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most importantly, Colin was a friend and family man.
Former Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Who replaced Powell after stepping down in 200 Pow, said he was “a loyal colleague and dear friend in a very challenging time. His devotion to our nation is limited to the many great things he has done in uniform or in Washington Was not.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin On the first Monday morning he spoke of the loss and noted that it was “not possible” to replace him.
“The world has lost one of the greatest leaders we have ever met. [His wife] Alma has lost a great husband, and the family has lost an extraordinary father. And I lost a great personal friend and mentor, ”Austin said.