Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he does not believe President Trump can be a moral leader on the world stage.
"I don’t know that he can do that because right now, that is not the way he is acting," Powell, a retired four-star general who served George W. Bush's administration, said during an interview on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" that aired Sunday.
"Let me give you an example," Powell said during the joint appearance with former President Bill Clinton's top diplomat, Madeleine Albright. "My favorite three words in our Constitution is the first three words — 'we the people,' 'we the people.' But recently it’s become 'me the president,' as opposed to 'we the people,' and you see things that should not be happening."
Powell, who says he did not vote for Trump in 2016, claimed allies are questioning why U.S. is pulling out of multilateral agreements it helped forge, including the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. He also criticized the Trump administration for lacking a foreign policy strategy with China, particularly regarding trade.
"We are great now. We always have been great," he said. "And so I think what we really have to do is to start changing our mode of dealing with the rest of the world and try to get a system where we are calming down, stop insulting everybody, and see if we cannot reach out."
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