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Biden says Powell embodied ‘highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat’

US President Joe Biden stands during the US National Anthem at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Front of the US Capitol Building, on October 16, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP)
US President Joe Biden stands during the US National Anthem at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Front of the US Capitol Building, on October 16, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP)

US President Joe Biden hails former secretary of state and war hero Colin Powell for embodying “the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat,” after the general’s death on Monday.

“Having fought in wars, he understood better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity,” Biden says following the announcement that Powell had died, at the age of 84.

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