Colin Powell calls Trump 'national disgrace' in June email
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reportedly had some harsh words for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE, calling the Republican presidential nominee a "national disgrace" and an "international pariah," according to personal emails seen by Buzzfeed News.


In an email sent June 17 to Emily Miller, a journalist and former aide to Powell, the retired four-star general also said Trump "is in the process of destroying himself." 

"No need for Dems to attack him," the email said, according to Buzzfeed. 

"Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world MORE is calibrating his position again," he said of the Speaker of the House. 

Powell also slammed the Republican nominee for promoting the birther movement, which claims President Obama is not a U.S. citizen.

“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote in an email from Aug. 21, 2016.

“That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim,” the email said.

“As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday,” Powell wrote to his former aide.

In another email from July 21, 2015, Powell said Trump had "no sense of shame," in response to an article about Trump giving out the cellphone number of Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Biden aide: Ability to collect daily intel in Afghanistan 'will diminish' MORE (R-S.C.) during the Republican presidential primary. Powell also called it a "celebrification of society."

Powell told Buzzfeed News he had "no further comment" but is "not denying it."