“Don’t say no and don’t feel sorry for me, for goodness sake. I’m (almost) 85 years old,” Powell said after telling Woodward he had been battling multiple myeloma for almost two years. “I haven’t lost a day of my life fighting these two diseases. I’m in good shape.”
Powell, the first black U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died of complications from Covid-19 on Monday at the age of 84. Multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, suppresses the body’s immune response. He also had Parkinson’s disease.
Powell continued, “I took a lot of tests and I’m doing it on my own. I get in my Corvette, get out of the Corvette and go to the hospital. I also go to a clinic to do some tests. blood. I don’t advertise it, I don’t advertise it, but most of my friends know that. “
CNN obtained the audio of Woodward’s July 12 telephone interview with Powell for Woodward’s latest book on former President Donald Trump, “Peril.”
Powell’s pioneering career spanned many presidential administrations. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during the administration of George HW Bush and the US-led victory in the First Gulf War. But as Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration, he played a key role in pushing flawed intelligence before the United Nations to advocate for the 2003 Iraq war, which he said. will later call a “spot” in its file.
In the July interview, Woodward discussed Powell’s take on war and his nickname “Reluctant Warrior.”
“Whenever it’s asked of me, I say, it’s true. I’m a reluctant warrior. I don’t like wars. I don’t want to be a warrior,” Powell said. “But remember the other thing that is well known about me. And that is that we are going to war, and I will do whatever I can to beat someone and win.”
“It’s called the Powell Doctrine by the way,” he added.
This story has been updated.
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