Colin Powell was heckled during a live interview on CBS by a protester venting his anger over the Iraq war.
The former US Secretary of State had previously admitted that the Bush administration has made “terrible strategic mistakes” during the Iraq War.
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He defended the decision to invade anyway, claiming they were unaware their intelligence was faulty.
Powell was speaking on CBS This Morning about the Smithsonian’s new National Museum for African American History and Culture when a protester loudly interrupted the interview. Calling from off-set, the man shouted, “You know better, Colin Powell, as a black man in America…you dropped bombs on Iraq.”
Powell seemed unfazed by the incident and quipped to the reporters, “Is he one of yours?”
Colin Powel heckled on CBS this morning: “You know better, as a black man in America you dropped bombs on Iraq” pic.twitter.com/OnMRsdKkgy
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) September 12, 2016
The show’s presenters appeared more shaken by the incident than Powell, with online observers noting the fearful reaction of co-anchor Gayle King in particular.
Anyone else just see Gail King nearly run for her life while interviewing Colin Powell when a protester screamed on @CBSThisMorning ?
— Nathalie (@nathalie_claire) September 12, 2016
Powell, who served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, recently came into the spotlight again after emails revealed he advised his successor Hillary Clinton to use a private email server – an issue some viewers thought should have been prominent in his CBS appearance.