Republican leaders, Powell said, “are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen to any one of them if they speak out.”
He continued, “When they see things that are not right, they need to say something about it, because our foreign policy is in shambles right now.”…
In the remarks broadcast Sunday and made earlier at the New Albany Community Foundation in Ohio, Powell mentioned the doctored map as an example of the Grand Old Party enabling and latching itself to the president.
“In my time, one of us would have gone to the president and said, ‘Mr. President, you screwed up, so we’ve got to fix it and we’ll put out a correction,” Powell said. Instead, he noted, the administration ordered the Commerce Department to back up Trump’s misstatement. “This is not the way the country’s supposed to run, and Congress is one of the institutions that should be doing something about this.”