President Joe Biden showed regret that the fully vaccinated Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, had died from complications from the coronavirus.
In a surprise appearance at the White House honoring the State and National Teachers of the Year on Monday, Biden commented on Powell’s death.
“By the way, he had serious underlying conditions; as you know, that’s the problem. It wasn’t that the vaccinations aren’t good; he had two very serious underlying conditions,” he told reporters. “And unfortunately didn’t work. God love him.”
Biden was referring to Powell being treated for multiple myeloma and early-stage Parkinson’s disease before his death.
The Powell family did not mention any underlying conditions in the statement when announcing his death.
Biden snapped when a reporter asked if he still wanted Americans to get vaccinated.
“Absolutely,” he replied. “I know you don’t believe that. So ask questions that you really want an answer to, okay?”