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Colin Powell Was Among World’s ‘Greatest Leaders,’ Austin Says


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Colin Powell Was Among World’s ‘Greatest Leaders,’ Austin Says

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin described Colin Powell as a “tremendous personal friend and mentor” following Mr. Powell’s death from Covid-19 complications.

The world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed. Alma lost a great husband, and the family lost a tremendous father — and I lost a tremendous personal friend and mentor. He has been my mentor for a number of years. He always made time for me, and I could always go to him with tough issues. He always had great, great counsel. We will certainly miss him. I feel as if I have a hole in my heart just just learning of this, just recently. First African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs. First, African American secretary of state, a man who was respected around the globe and who will be, quite frankly, it is not possible to replace a Colin Powell. We will miss him. Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and we’re deeply, deeply saddened to learn of this. Thank you.

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