President Joe Biden Acclaimed retired General Colin Powell As a close friend and as a national leader during his long military career, he joined others at the White House on Monday to remember him after his death in COVID-19 complications at the age of 84.
“Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warriors and diplomats. He was committed to our country’s strength and security above all else,” Biden said in a White House statement released Monday. “Prosperity is not enough. From the point of view of his front seat in history, advising presidents and shaping our country’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that strengthen our country.”
He announced that flags would be flown at half-mast 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 contribution and legacy in his career.
“Everyone who has worked with General Powell has praised his clarity of thought, his ability to look at all aspects and his ability to execute. And although he will first admit that he did not receive every call properly, his actions reflect that he believed It was the best for the people he served, ”Obama said in a statement.
Powell, a four-star military general, was best known for his leadership in 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 After the administration learned of his death, Bush also recalled Powell’s service and dedication to his country.
“Many presidents relied on General Powell’s advice and experience,” Bush wrote in a statement. “He was so dear to the president that he won the President’s Independence Medal – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most importantly, Colin was a friend and a family man.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza RicePowell, who succeeded Powell after he left office in 2003, said he was “a loyal colleague and dear friend in some of the most challenging times. Was not limited. “
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin He was in the midst of talking about the damage the first Monday morning, noting that replacing him was “not possible”.
“The world has lost a great leader we have ever witnessed. [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.