Powell: 'The Republican Party has got to get a grip on itself'

Former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther Powell#FSProud: How Mike Pompeo lost the trust of the Foreign Service Merit-based immigration? Not if you consider the career of Gen. John Shalikashvili Trump directed Perry, State Dept. officials to talk to Giuliani on Ukraine: report MORE said the Republican Party needs to "get a grip on itself" as Republicans flock to defend the president while the impeachment inquiry continues.

The retired U.S. Army general told a crowd at The Jefferson Series, an event hosted by The New Albany Community Foundation, that Republican leaders need to be comfortable speaking up when they see something wrong.

"The Republican Party has got to get a grip on itself," Powell said. "Republican leaders and members of the Congress, both Senate and the House, are holding back because they're terrified of what will happen to any one of them if they speak out."  

Powell added that the country's foreign policy is "in shambles right now."

"I see things happening that are hard to understand," he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Powell, who describes himself as a "moderate Republican," referenced the controversy surrounding the President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE's reported Sharpie extension of the path of Hurricane Dorian to reach Alabama and the administration's efforts to back up the president.

"This is not the way the country is supposed to run," he said. "And Congress is one of the institutions that should be doing something about this." 

"We've got to remember what the Constitution started with: 'we the People,' not 'me the President,'" he added.