Former President Trump criticized the media for their overly-favorable coverage of former Secretary of State Colin Powell after his death on Monday.
“Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday,” Trump said Tuesday in a statement.
Trump called Powell “a classic RINO,” an acronym for “Republican in name only.”
“He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” Trump added.
Throughout his time in office, Trump criticized Powell and other architects of the Iraq War, including former President George W. Bush.
Powell was an outspoken critic of Trump. Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Powell said he could “no longer call myself a fellow Republican.”