Two former secretaries of state appeared on CNN to ask Americans to consider the consequences of the Trump administration on the nation. Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright both held the position, and as such, they had the best vantage point from which to take a close-up shot at Donald Trump and what he has been doing to the country. Powell said that it was no longer “we the people” but “me the president,” and more in an interview.
The former secretary of state further condemned Donald Trump in the CNN’s Fareed Zarkaria interview. He said the president was just wrong about the media being the “enemy of Americans” and questioned, “Hasn’t he read the First Amendment?”
‘You see things that should not be happening. How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn’t he read the First Amendment? You are not supposed to like everything the press says, or what anyone says…that’s why we have a First Amendment, to protect that kind of speech.’
In an email by Powell hacked and released during the 2016 presidential campaign season, Buzzfeed News reported that he called Trump:
‘(A) national disgrace (and an) international pariah (who was a) national disgrace in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him.’
Powell’s emails also included:
‘Yup, the whole birther movement was racist. That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the (President Barack Obama’s birth) certificate noted that he was a Muslim.’
Back at Zakaria’s interview, the four-star general and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of State continued to express his dislike of Trump. He told the CNN host that the president has “insulted everybody:”
‘I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people. I used this two years ago when I said I could not vote for him in the 2016 election. Why? He insulted everybody. He insulted African-Americans, he insulted women, he insulted immigrants. He insulted our best friends around the world — all of his fellow candidates up on the stage during the debates. I don’t think that’s what should be coming out of a president of the United States. But I don’t see anything that’s changed in the last two years.’
Then, Powell urged both Congress and Americans to “keep these forces in check:”
‘Take a hard look at yourself (to understand) you’re doing to keep these forces in check. (Others) are not doing as the United States of America. What are we doing? We’re walking away from agreements, we’re walking away from alliances.’
Former U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright both questioned the dramatic, negative effects the Trump administration has had on the United States and its people:
‘The world is watching. They cannot believe we’re doing things like separating mothers and children who are trying to get across the border from south of our border. They can’t believe we’re making such an effort to cease immigration coming into the country. It’s what’s kept us alive!’
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