Former Secretary of State Powell’s emails show issues with Clinton, Trump

TJ Rigg

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, has problems with the Republican and Democratic presidential frontrunners, his emails show.

CBS News reports that messages on a website called from Powell’s Gmail account show he has concerns about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Powell’s spokesman confirms Powell’s emails were hacked.

In one email, Powell called Trump a “national disgrace and an international pariah,” CBS News reported. 

Powell also criticized Clinton and her campaign for using him to justify her use of private email servers while she was Secretary of State.

“Sad thing is HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it,” Powell wrote in an email. “She keeps tripping into these character minefields.” 

Clinton took another day off from the campaign trail to recuperate from a bout of pneumonia. She left a 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero early on Sunday, emerging from daughter Chelsea’s home hours later saying she felt “much better.” 

Trump, meanwhile, is trying to appeal to female voters. He unveiled a plan to make child care more affordable, with daughter Ivanka at his side Tuesday at a campaign stop in Philadelphia.

“Safe, affordable high quality childcare should not be the luxury of a fortunate few,” Ivanka said. 

Trump plans to discuss his health on “The Dr. Oz Show” Thursday. His campaign said release of detailed health records will come separately. 

President Barack Obama blasted Trump’s qualifications to replace him as commander in chief. He rejected Trump’s claim that he is fighting for the working class.

“This guy who spent 70 years on this earth showing no concern for working people; this guy’s suddenly gonna be your champion?” Obama said Tuesday. 

Obama also called on the media to do more to hold Trump accountable.

“Donald Trump has said stuff every day that used to be considered as disqualifying for being president,” Obama said. “And yet because he says it over and over again, the press just gives up. And they just say, ‘Well, yeah, OK.’ We cannot afford suddenly to treat this like a reality show.”