- The Washington Times - Monday, October 7, 2019

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell declared Sunday that U.S. foreign policy is in “shambles” under President Trump.

“The Republican Party has got to get a grip on itself,” the retired Army general told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during a discussion with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

“Right now, Republican leaders and members of the Congress in both the Senate and the House are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen to any one of them if they speak out,” Mr. Powell said. “Will they lose a primary? I don’t know why that’s such a disaster, but will they lose a primary?

“They need to get a grip, and when they see things that are not right they need to say something about it,” he said. “Because our foreign policy is in shambles right now in my humble judgment, and I see things happening that are hard to understand.”

Mr. Powell cited a recent controversy surrounding Mr. Trump reportedly circling Alabama with a Sharpie marker on a projection map for Hurricane Dorian.

“In my time, one of us would have gone to the president and said, ‘Mr. President, you screwed up, so we’ve got to fix it and we’ll put out a correction,’” Mr. Powell said. “You know what they did this time? They ordered the Commerce Department to go out and back up whatever the president mis-said.

“This is not the way the country’s supposed to run, and Congress is one of the institutions that should be doing something about this,” he continued. “The media has a role to play. We all have a role to play. We’ve got to remember that all of these pieces are a part of our government: Executive branch, Congress, Supreme Court and the Fourth Estate. We’ve got to remember that the Constitution started with, ‘We the People,’ not ‘Me the President.’”

This isn’t the first time Mr. Powell has criticized Mr. Trump. In 2016, he called the then-candidate a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in a hacked email to a former aide that leaked online.

Mr. Powell, who served as secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush, said he still considers himself a “moderate Republican” who wants the U.S. to have a strong foreign policy.

“We have to look out for our people, and we ought to work hard to making sure we’re one country and one team,” he said. “And so, on that basis, I call myself a Republican.”

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