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Biden: Colin Powell 'will be remembered as one of our great Americans'

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President Joe Biden paid tribute to Colin Powell in a lengthy statement Monday, calling the United States's first black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff "one of our great Americans."

"Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all," the president wrote. "Having fought in wars, he understood better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity. From his front-seat view of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else — in uniform and out — and it earned him the universal respect of the American people. Having repeatedly broken racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow in Federal Government service, Colin was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership."

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Biden, in particular, called Powell a "good friend" and a "trusted confidant in good and hard times."

"He could drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody’s business — something I learned firsthand on the race track when I was Vice President," Biden continued. "I am forever grateful for his support of my candidacy for president and for our shared battle for the soul of the nation. I will miss being able to call on his wisdom in the future."

"Colin Powell was a good man," he closed. "He will be remembered as one of our great Americans."

Powell, who said he no longer considered himself a Republican after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, endorsed Biden during a speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

"The values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform were the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania," he said. "I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States because those values still define him, and we need to restore those values to the White House."

Powell also publicly backed Biden's decision to complete the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

"We’ve done all we can do," he told the Washington Post. "What are those troops being told they’re there for? It’s time to bring it to an end."

The Powell family confirmed earlier Monday morning he had been receiving treatment for multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer that left him immunocompromised, at Walter Reed National Medical Center. He was fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

"We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment," the family wrote in a statement. "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American."

Former President George W. Bush called Powell, his first secretary of state, a "great public servant" respected all around the globe.

"Most important, Colin was a family man and a friend," he said. "Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man."

Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush and national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan.

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"Colin Powell dedicated his extraordinary life to public service because he never stopped believing in America," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday. "And we believe in America, in no small part, because it helped produce someone like Colin Powell."

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters that Powell was a "tremendous personal friend and mentor" who would be "impossible to replace."

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