On Tuesday, a full day after the news of former Secretary of State Colin Powell's death from COVID-19 complications, former President Donald Trump released a short statement commenting on his passing.
The statement, posted to Twitter by spokesperson Liz Harrington, was riddled with insults against Powell, who twice endorsed his Democratic opponents for president. Trump called him a "classic RINO [Republican in name only]" who "made big mistakes on Iraq" and was always "first to attack other Republicans."
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He also took a jab at the media for not covering him as glowingly as Powell, a decorated Vietnam veteran who served in various diplomatic, military, and national security roles under four presidents, remarking that Powell was "treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media" and that he hopes "that happens to me someday."
"Given the chance to be gracious about someone's death, or say nothing at all, Trump takes a decidedly different route," said New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in response to the statement. "And of course it's larded in envy about coverage."
Read the full statement below: