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'He refused to accept that race would limit his dreams' Obama tribute to Powell

19 October 2021 8:50 AM
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US Secretary of State
Joe Biden
Colin Powell
Iraq war

Refilwe Moloto speaks to UK correspondent Adam Gilchrist about stories making headlines across the globe.

- Tributes are being paid to Colin Powell who has died from Covid complications at the age of 84

- Powell served as the United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, the first African-American in that office


Tributes continue to pour in for former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died of Covid-19 related complications on Monday, he was 84.

In 2001, Powell became the first African-American secretary of state serving under Republican President George W Bush.

Paying tribute to the former US military general, President Joe Biden said:

"Jill and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity, General Colin Powell. Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else—in uniform and out. He will be remembered as one of our great Americans."

A republican, but a firm critic of Donald Trump...talked about as a hero, a role model, a trailblazer.

Adam Gilchrist, UK Correspondent

Former US President Barack Obama has described Powell as "an example of what America - and Americans - can and should be.

He was born into segregation in Harlem, New York the son of Jamaican immigrants.

Adam Gilchrist, UK Correspondent

UK Correspondent Adam Gilchrist says while Powell's legacy will include many positive contributions to shaping US foreign policy, he will also be remembered for his role in the invasion of Iraq.

Essentially he advocated the case for the invasion of Iraq...based on faulty intelligence.

Adam Gilchrist, UK Correspondent

He admitted that had been a mistake that would always haunt him.

Adam Gilchrist, UK Correspondent

Powell's family has said the 84-year-old was fully vaccinated but had also been battling blood cancer.

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19 October 2021 8:50 AM
Tags:
US Secretary of State
Joe Biden
Colin Powell
Iraq war

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