In a CNN interview this week, former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright shared their thoughts about America’s current profile on the world stage.
Powell took on President Donald Trump as a central factor in the nation’s sagging stature.
“What are we doing?” he asked. “We’re walking away from agreements, we’re walking away from alliances.”
Asked whether Trump could be “a moral leader for the world,” Powell said the president’s actions seem to preclude such a role.
“I don’t know that he can do that, because right now that is not the way he is acting,” said the Republican, who did not support Trump in the 2016 election.
Powell criticized Trump for defining the nation as “‘me the president’ as opposed to ‘we the people,'” listing several acts he believes have worked to damaged America’s reputation.
“And you see things that should not be happening,” he said. “How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn’t he read the First Amendment?”
Trump’s policies are taking their toll on America’s global standing, Powell said.
“The world is watching and wondering, why are we pulling away from all the things we helped create?” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to create a better America.”