Statement by CIA Director Burns on the Passing of Colin Powell

October 18, 2021


I was deeply saddened by the news of Colin Powell’s passing, and Lisa and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Powell and the entire Powell family.

The nation has lost a great statesman and a remarkable leader.  General Powell’s character, skill, and decency have left an enduring legacy, and he offered as fine a model of leadership as I have ever known.  I had the honor of working for him at both the National Security Council staff and the State Department, and have always treasured him as mentor and friend.  His extraordinary example will continue to inspire me, and generations of public servants.

Colin Powell embodied the very best of America, and we will miss him greatly.