Powell, who led the U.S. military during the 1991 Gulf War under Republican former President George H.W. Bush and later led the U.S. Department of State under President George W. Bush, said Trump was "ineffective" and has only gotten worse since he took office.
Noting that numerous top Republicans stayed away from Trump in 2016, figuring incorrectly that he couldn't win, the power of incumbency and having a Republican in the White House is still not enough to make them chnage their mind in 2020.
"I'm so proud of what these generals and admirals have done, and others have done".
"It is unsafe for our country", Powell said.
"'Far sooner than they expected, growing numbers of prominent Republicans are debating how far to go in revealing that they won't back his re-election - or might even vote for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee", the report states. Jeb Bush also is on the fence on who to vote for while Sen.
The retired general voted for Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016, and hacked emails released in September of that year showed Powell strongly condemning Trump, labeling him a "national disgrace and an worldwide pariah".
"I haven't voted for him, so I'm not going to start now, but that's a different question from actively supporting Biden", said Mark Sanford, the former Republican South Carolina governor who mounted a brief primary challenge to Trump past year.
"I certainly can not, in any way, support President Trump this year", Colin said on CNN's "State of the Union".
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"And then I was deeply troubled by the way in which he was going around insulting everybody", Powell said. He said that Trump's penchant to insult "anybody who dare [s] to speak against him" has always turned him off.
"And that is unsafe for our democracy, it is risky for our country".
"I'm very close to Joe Biden in a social manner and political manner", he said.
Trump, who has been critical of the Iraq war, in a tweet called Powell "a real stiff".
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who followed Powell on the CNN program, offered a more measured response to many of Powell's comments. "Instead, he tries to divide us", Mattis said.
Carson also said he was horrified by Floyd's killing and backed peaceful protests. The early days of the protests were marked by looting and rioting in some cities.
If there was any point in time that Trump can prove to be an actual leader, it would be now but it's evident as ever that he's not fit for the job as president of the United States.