Powell's admission comes amid rumors and speculation that a number of establishment Republican heavyweights have sworn off voting for President Trump in favor of Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Sen.
In a blistering interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union," Powell added his voice to a string of retired generals, admirals and Pentagon chiefs who have denounced Trump since his threats to use troops to break up nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
Powell instead made clear that when he heads to the ballot box this fall he will be casting his vote for Biden.
"I haven't voted for him, so I'm not going to start now, but that's a different question from actively supporting Biden", said Mark Sanford, the former Republican South Carolina governor who mounted a brief primary challenge to Trump a year ago.
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Meanwhile, the White House said that President Trump remains healthy and free of any side-effects of hydroxychloroquine. Analyzed statistically, the difference between those rates was not significant.
The retired general voted for Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016, and hacked emails released in September of that year showed Powell strongly condemning Trump, labeling him a "national disgrace and an global pariah". "Campaigning is not my strong suit". "I'm proud that they were willing to take the risk of speaking honesty and speaking truth to those who are not speaking truth".
The New York Times reported Sunday that several prominent Republicans are considering not voting for Trump, possibly including President Bush.
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote an op-ed in The Atlantic this week saying Trump "does not even pretend to try" to unite the country and lacks "mature leadership". Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who said she was "struggling" with whether to vote for Trump.
Still the president enjoys the support of Republican leaders in Congress - like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Former critics including Senators Lindsay Graham and Rob Portman have become ardent backers. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Mattis' comments came a day after the current Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, said he wouldn't support Trump's proposal to use the United States military on protesters.