Secretary of State Blinken Delivers Remarks After Death of Colin Powell

Former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell died on Monday morning, October 18, due to complications from COVID-19, his family announced on Facebook.

Powell was fully vaccinated against the virus, his family noted. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American,” they wrote.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to the public on Monday morning from Washington.

“He gave the State Department the very best of his leadership, his experience, his patriotism. He gave us his decency. And the State Department loved him for it,” Blinken said of the “beloved” Powell.

“He was a man of ideas, but he wasn’t ideological. He was constantly listening, learning, adapting. He could admit mistakes. It was just another example of his integrity … I was a huge admirer of Secretary Powell. I always will be,” Blinken said.

Powell, a four-star general who served under Republican president George W Bush, was a key figure in the decision-making leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He was 84 years old. Credit: US Department of State via Storyful

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