"Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes in Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated to death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday," Trump announced in a statement.
Trump described Powell as "a classic RINO," an acronym for "Republican in name only."
"He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!" Trump continued.
The former president's criticisms were unsurprising.
In building international support for the invasion of Iraq, Powell presented faulty intelligence to the United Nations that declared that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Media reports extensively noted Powell's culpability for the war while likewise giving accounts of his trailblazing status as the first Black secretary of State.
Following the attack on the Capitol, Powell announced he could "no longer call myself a fellow Republican."
"I do not know how he was able to attract all of these people. They should have known better, but they were so taken by their political standing and how none of them wanted to put themselves at political risk. They would not stand up and tell the truth or stand up and criticize him, or criticize others," Powell stated.
Since his family announced Powell's death on Monday, a deluge of bipartisan grief and appreciation for the former White House official has come forth from the Washington establishment.
"I feel as if I have a hole in my heart," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated. "The world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed."
Even in his final interview before his death, Powell blamed Donald Trump for trying to "overturn the government."
Powell discussed the US Capitol riot in an interview with the journalist Bob Woodward conducted in July, some three months before his death on Monday.
Writing in The Washington Post, Woodward announced that he'd interviewed Powell more than 50 times in the course of his distinguished career, throughout which he served as the first Black Secretary of State.
Powell, who was being treated for a form of cancer and further had Parkinson's, died of complications related to COVID-19 on Monday. He'd been vaccinated, though his illnesses probably weakened his immune system.