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Colin Powell: Trump's Priority Is 'Me the President' Not 'We the People'

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General Colin Powell speaks at the TIME Summit On Higher Education Day 2 at Time Warner Center on September 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for TIME)

By    |   Sunday, 07 October 2018 01:44 PM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday questioned President Donald Trump’s ability to be a moral leader in the world, lashing out at his anti-press rhetoric, retreat from the world stage, and insults of U.S. allies.

In an interview, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sparked a blunt response when he asked Powell — a Republican who’s kept a low profile during the Trump administration — about Trump’s moral leadership by example.

“I don’t know that he can do that, because right now that’s not the way he’s acting,” said Powell.

He then recounted that his favorite three words in the Constitution are “we the people.” 

“But recently, it has become ‘me the president’ as opposed to ‘we the people,'” he said.

“And you see things that should not be happening,” he went on. “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.”

“I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people,” Powell added.

“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 upon 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.”

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