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Powell backs Biden at convention as Democrats rip Trump on security

Former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther PowellHow each of us can help to cure our nation's ills Bush endorsing Biden? Don't hold your breath Red meat for the right wingers will be the main course at RNC MORE backed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday as Democrats tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE over foreign policy and national security.

Powell, who served in the George W. Bush administration and who has endorsed the past three Democratic presidential nominees, argued that Biden would restore the country’s standing in the world and bolster alliances that have been strained under Trump.

“I support Joe Biden because on day one he will restore America’s leadership and our moral authority. He’ll be a president who knows America is strongest when, as he has said, ‘We lead both by the power of our example and the example of our power.’ He will restore America’s leadership in the world and restore the alliances we need to address the dangers that threaten our nation, from climate change to nuclear proliferation,” Powell said.

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Powell, who also served in the Vietnam War, said the former vice president would support the military, citing his late son Beau Biden’s service in the military.

“Our country needs a commander in chief who takes care of our troops in the same way he would his own family. For Joe Biden, that doesn’t need teaching. It comes from the experience he shares with millions of military families — sending his beloved son off to war and praying to God he would come home safe,” he said. 

The remarks were one of several that sought to highlight Biden’s foreign policy and national security bona fides while seeking to convince voters that Trump has denigrated the country’s position worldwide.

Democrats have sought to ding Trump over his foreign policy, which has included slapping tariffs on allies in North America and Europe and touting his desire to improve relations with Russia despite its interference in the 2016 election and reports that Moscow offered the Taliban bounties to attack coalition troops in Afghanistan.

John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySeinfeld's Jason Alexander compares Trump dance video to iconic Elaine dance This time, for Democrats, Catholics matter President's job approval is surest sign Trump will lose reelection MORE, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, also used his speech at Democrats' virtual convention on Tuesday to pan Trump’s actions abroad, saying he’s worked to boost relations with authoritarian leaders instead of shoring up alliances.

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“When this president goes overseas, it isn’t a goodwill mission, it’s a blooper reel. He breaks up with our allies and writes love letters to dictators. America deserves a president who is looked up to, not laughed at,” he said. 

“Donald Trump pretends Russia didn’t attack our elections. And now, he does nothing about Russia putting a bounty on our troops. So, he won’t defend our country. He doesn’t know how to defend our troops. The only person he’s interested in defending is himself,” he added. “This is the bottom line: Our interests, our ideals, and our brave men and women in uniform can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump.”

The convention Tuesday night also featured remarks from former defense and national security officials, including former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGrand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Strzok: Trump behaving like an authoritarian Powell backs Biden at convention as Democrats rip Trump on security MORE, who found herself at the heart of Trump’s impeachment after it was found that allies of the president tried to oust her from her role due to her anti-corruption work.

“He will do the right thing, no matter the political cost,” she said of Biden.