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“Joe Biden will be a president. We will all be proud to salute… With Joe Biden in the White House, you will never doubt that he will stand with our friends and stand up to our adversaries—never the other way around.”Colin Powell, first African-American US Secretary of State
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said a heartfelt endorsement for Joe Biden during the second day of the Democratic National Convention last Tuesday, giving Biden some national security bona fides boost.
“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,” Powell added. “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.”
More democrats believe in Biden’s capacity to manage national security. Likewise, on Tuesday, Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, shared Biden’s close friendship with her husband, who was taken prisoner and tortured while fighting in Vietnam. The late John McCain sparred at times sharply with Trump, who, while campaigning for president in 2016, commented on McCain’s imprisonment in Vietnam that “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Powell confirmed that he would vote for Biden in the upcoming elections. He criticized President Trump, saying, “Today, we are a country divided, and we have a president doing everything in his power to make it that way and keep us that way. What a difference it will make to have a president who unites us, who restores our strength and our soul.”
Trump, who runs low in national polling averages, has faced problems with former members of his administration after being criticized by them. John Bolton, Trump’s former national security advisor, launched a book about the president earlier this year, criticizing the president. Whether he will vote for Trump or Biden in the 2020 elections is still unknown.
The former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security, Miles Taylor, wrote an article in The Washington Post accusing Trump of decreasing America’s security. Taylor is also promoting Biden.
Trump has commented that the published book was composed of lies and remarked the DHS official as a disgruntled staff.