Appearing on CNN on Sunday, Powell accused Trump of drifting "away from" the Constitution, after the president threatened to deploy the U.S. military to quell violent unrest in the US' major cities.
President Donald Trump has ridiculed Bush-era Secretary of State Colin Powell, calling him a "real stiff" responsible for the "disastrous Middle East Wars", after Powell joined a group of military officials in criticizing Trump.
Powell, who led the US military during the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq under then-Republican President George HW Bush and later led the Department of State under President George W Bush, said Trump has "drifted away" from the US Constitution and posed a danger to the country and its democracy.
"We have a Constitution".
But Powell, who served as secretary of State under President George W. Bush, isn't planning on making any campaign trips for the Democratic presidential candidate, just yet. "We have a Constitution and we have to follow that Constitution and the president has drifted away from it".
Asked by Tapper if he would be campaigning for Biden, Powell said he hadn't been asked to do so and that he doesn't think he will be.
As for Trump's confrontational response to the protesters, Carson said, "I believe you are going to be hearing from the president this week in some detail, and I would urge you to reserve judgment until after that time".
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"Campaigning is not my strong suit, and I will be speaking for him, but I don't plan to make campaign trips", he said.
Trump's former chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, said he agreed with Mattis and that there was an "awful big concern that the partisanship has gotten out of hand".
The spat between Powell and Trump is an unsurprising development.
Powell later said, "I think what we're seeing now, those massive protest movements I have ever seen in my life, I think this suggests that the country is getting wise to this and we're not going to put up with it anymore".
He said he generally didn't like "demonizing other people" and instead preferred to talk about policies and solutions to problems.
Powell went on to add that "you have to agree" with Mattis' criticism of Trump because "he is insulting us throughout the world". Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won't back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November.