Political world reacts to Colin Powell’s death: ‘A trailblazing leader’
Leaders around the world paid tribute to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died at 84 of Covid-19 complications on Monday.
“Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. Biden paid tribute to Powell’s foreign policy influence and trailblazing legacy as well their personal friendship.
“Above all, Colin was my friend. Easy to share a laugh with. A trusted confidant in good and hard times. He could drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody’s business,” he said.
A retired four-star general who became the nation’s first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell served twice in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action and later received the Soldier’s Medal for rescuing men from a burning helicopter. He rose through the…