First lady says the Bidens are “heartbroken” over Colin Powell’s death

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First lady Jill Biden stated she and the president are “heartbroken” over Colin Powell’s death. The former secretary of state and longtime colleague of the president died Monday morning attributable to issues from COVID-19 at the age of 84. 

Powell was totally vaccinated, however had suffered from multiple myeloma, a blood most cancers that impacts white blood cells and may severely compromise the immune system. 

The first lady instructed “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King the Bidens have been conscious Powell was unwell, and knew he was in the hospital for a number of days. But that did not ease their response to his passing. 

“Oh my gosh, we were heartbroken. We were heartbroken,” Biden instructed King. 

First lady Jill Biden speaks with “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King. 

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The first lady mirrored on the reminiscences she and the president shared with the statesman, who made historical past as the first Black secretary of state. She referred to as him a “great man.” 

“It wasn’t long ago that we had a dinner right in that room for Angela Merkel, and Colin Powell was at that dinner,” Biden stated. “And he was such a good friend, and such a good friend to so many presidents, Republicans and Democrats.”

President Biden additionally paid tribute to Powell’s friendship and personal character on Monday, ordering the flags flown at half-staff till Friday. The president declared Powell a “patriot of unmatched honor and dignity.” 

“As a senator, I worked closely with him when he served as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as Secretary of State. Over our many years working together — even in disagreement — Colin was always someone who gave you his best and treated you with respect,” the president stated in a press release. 

Monday afternoon, the president instructed reporters folks ought to “absolutely” nonetheless get vaccinated.

The first lady additionally spoke with King about what it was like attempting to show remotely throughout the pandemic. She is the first individual to work full time whereas serving as first lady, instructing at Northern Virginia Community College. 

“Well, I guess, you know, not being able to be in the classroom like everybody else. To see our students in person. That– that was the frustrating thing to me. I mean, I had to take training to be able to teach online and do it quickly,” she instructed King. 

The first lady additionally emphasised how essential it’s that college students have entry to broadband throughout the nation. 


Watch an prolonged, wide-ranging interview with First Lady Jill Biden that includes the nation’s high academics Tuesday morning on “CBS Mornings.”

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