Donald Trump paid a visit to NYPD and FDNY officers on the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist assaults, shunning a visit to Ground Zero.
The former president shocked officers at NYPD’s seventeenth Precinct in East Midtown in Manhattan, New York City, Saturday afternoon the place he posed for images with a gaggle of cops and held a quick query and reply session.
Trump stated little or no about America’s darkest day when virtually 3,000 Americans had been killed in 4 coordinated assaults on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a fourth airplane which went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Instead, he took intention at Joe Biden over the ’embarrassment’ of his Afghanistan withdrawal, continued to push his false declare that the 2020 election was ‘rigged’ and plugged his 2024 White House run.
‘It was gross incompetence and I hate to discuss it on this present day,’ Trump stated of the withdrawal from Afghanistan final month.
His visit to the precinct got here after Biden was joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama on the official 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero Saturday morning. Biden visited all three assault websites all through the day Saturday to mark the twentieth anniversary.
Former President George W. Bush, a Republican like Trump, attended the commemoration on the Flight 93 memorial web site in Shanksville the place he spoke to the relations of victims who died when the United Airlines jet crashed killing all 40 crew and passengers on board.
Donald Trump paid a visit to NYPD and FDNY officers on the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist assaults, after deciding not to make his personal solo journey to Ground Zero
The former president shocked officers at NYPD’s seventeenth Precinct in East Midtown in Manhattan, New York City, Saturday afternoon the place he posed for images with a gaggle of cops and held a quick query and reply session
Trump stated little or no about America’s darkest day and as a substitute took intention at Joe Biden over the ’embarrassment’ of his Afghanistan withdrawal
Trump was the one surviving president not to attend any of the three crash websites or any of the official memorial ceremonies on the twentieth anniversary of America’s darkest day.
Trump, who now lives at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida, is scheduled to host a boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort in Hollywood, Florida, Saturday evening.
His look on the police precinct confirmed he had traveled to New York City for the anniversary.
He instructed Fox News Friday he could be attending Ground Zero in New York City in some unspecified time in the future Saturday.
He had been anticipated to make a visit round 1:30pm, native regulation enforcement officers instructed the New Jersey Globe, after being knowledgeable of the plans by the Secret Service.
This timing meant he would keep away from any probability of bumping into Biden who departed New York earlier Saturday to additionally visit Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and then the Pentagon.
On the tenth anniversary of the assaults in 2011, Bush joined his successor Obama on the New York ceremony.
Trump was notable by his absent at Ground Zero, whereas his visit to the precinct happened round 1:40pm – across the time he had been touted to visit the positioning.
It just isn’t clear what led Trump to change his thoughts about visiting the 9/11 memorial in his hometown of New York.
His spokeswoman Liz Harrington instructed the New York Times Saturday afternoon he was now not planning to visit the positioning.
‘He had the choice to attend however determined to honor the day with totally different stops,’ she stated.
As nicely because the visit to the precinct, Harrington stated he was anticipated to just about communicate at an evangelical occasion on the National Mall in Washington DC round 6:50pm.
Cops and firefighters cheered and applauded the previous president throughout his visit Saturday afternoon, with one fan heard shouting: ‘Thank you for conserving us protected.’
His visit to the precinct got here after Biden was joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama on the official 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero Saturday morning (pictured above)
Former President George W. Bush (above), a Republican like Trump, attended the commemoration on the Flight 93 memorial web site in Shanksville the place he spoke to the relations of victims
President Joe Biden visited all three assault websites to mark the twentieth anniversary. He and First Lady Jill Biden lay a wreath on the Wall of Names throughout a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville
Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff lay a wreath on the Pentagon
In his temporary tackle earlier than taking questions, Trump described the anniversary as a ‘unhappy day’ earlier than launching into an assault on Biden over Afghanistan.
‘It’s a tragic day, a really unhappy day,’ he stated.
‘For a variety of causes and we simply added to that cause final week because it ought to by no means have been allowed to occur.
‘I watched all of the speeches and no one talked about what they did however now we have to stay with it for a time frame. It’s very disappointing.’
The former president circled again to Afghanistan later describing the Biden administration’s withdrawal as ‘gross incompetence’ and claiming his take care of ‘Abdul’ from the Taliban meant the militants had been ‘on maintain.’
‘They gave $85 billion [worth of equipment] away – model new Apache helicopters. Can you imagine it? They gave them away. Why would you give them away? You’d fly them out, you’d take them out,’ he stated.
‘And that they had on a regular basis on the earth. We had all people on maintain, the Taliban was on maintain.
‘I handled the highest man – Abdul – and there was nothing he was going to be doing with us.’
Trump then pushed the false claims that the 2020 election was ‘rigged.’
‘All of a sudden now we have a rigged election and abruptly we flee Afghanistan,’ he stated.
‘That’s why I’m saying what timing, what horrible timing – the twentieth anniversary – and I watch the speeches and not one individual spoke about the truth that three days in the past we fled Afghanistan and we left Americans behind and others too and we left $85billion of the very best gear ever made – a lot of it that I purchased.’
He continued to slam the president’s dealing with of the withdrawal saying ‘a five-year-old would have stated the navy goes out final.’
Trump took intention at Joe Biden over the ’embarrassment’ of his Afghanistan withdrawal, continued to push his false declare that the 2020 election was ‘rigged’ and plugged his 2024 White House run
Trump was the one surviving president not to attend any of the three crash websites or any of the official memorial ceremonies on the twentieth anniversary of America’s darkest day
Trump instructed Fox News Friday he could be attending Ground Zero in New York City Saturday. He had been anticipated to make a visit round 1:30pm to keep away from any probability of bumping into Biden
‘They may have stayed there for one month or three years. They [the Taliban] weren’t going to find a way to do something however they left and once they left there was a vacuum,’ Trump stated.
‘And then they got here in and crammed the vacuum and whoever considered this – a five-year-old would have stated the navy goes out final and that is what they [the Taliban] needed.
‘They could not imagine they had been leaving so it was gross incompetence and I hate to discuss it on this present day however persons are saying why aren’t they speaking about what the hell they did.’
Trump has repeatedly laid into Biden over the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan final month.
The withdrawal was turbulent with 13 American troops and dozens of Afghans killed in a suicide assault in Kabul, whereas the Taliban has regained management of the nation.
It was Trump who signed a peace take care of the Taliban in 2020, agreeing to pull all US troops in a foreign country by May 2021.
Trump will host a boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort in Hollywood, Florida, Saturday evening
Biden pushed the deadline again first to September 11, earlier than bringing it ahead to August 31.
Trump took questions from the officers gathered, with one individual asking if he was planning to run for the White House once more.
‘That’s a tricky query – really for me it is a straightforward query,’ he stated.
‘I imply I do know what I’m going to do however we’re not supposed to be speaking about it but,’ pointing to ‘ridiculous’ marketing campaign finance legal guidelines.
‘But I believe you are going to be glad let me put it that means. I suppose you are going to be very glad.’
Trump went on to reward his personal report throughout his White House time period.
‘We had the best economic system on the earth, we did issues that no one thought even attainable,’ he claimed.
‘Everybody had the very best jobs.’
Trump took intention on the ‘radical left’ saying ‘they could not compete with what we had been doing.’
When requested if he would run for mayor of New York City if he did not run for president, Trump stated it will be ‘such a straightforward job’ and ‘they’d be asserting no crime on this metropolis.’
He praised the officers current calling them ‘New York’s most interesting’ and saying that they had for him within the election.
‘I’ve been given a lot assist by the individuals who do what you do,’ he stated.
‘We love the blue. I’ll say it loud. You know, you are not supposed to say that. We love the blue.’
Trump’s visit got here after he marked the start of the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 by tearing into Biden in a video message Saturday morning.
In the message, he spoke solely briefly in regards to the terrorist assaults as a substitute slamming his successor for his ‘dangerous planning’ and ‘unimaginable weak point’ in pulling troops out of Afghanistan.
The former president stated the US ‘will wrestle to get better from the embarrassment this incompetence has induced.’
‘We will stay on, however sadly, our nation might be wounded for a protracted time frame, we are going to wrestle to get better from the embarrassment this incompetence has induced,’ he stated.
‘Do not worry, nevertheless, America might be made nice once more.’
The video was despatched by Trump’s Save America PAC in an e-mail titled ‘NEW: twentieth Anniversary of September eleventh Address from President Donald J. Trump.’
Survivors and relations visit the 9/11 memorial in New York City to pay their respects on America’s darkest day
Members of the 9/11 Honor Guard salute on the finish of their obligation on the National 9/11 Memorial following the ceremony
Saturday morning, Trump despatched out a press release complimenting Rudy Giuliani ‘for the twentieth time’. Giuliani (on the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony on the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum) was mayor of New York City on 9/11 and was additionally Trump’s private legal professional who pushed the false claims that the 2020 election was ‘stolen’
Later Saturday morning, Trump despatched out a press release complimenting Rudy Giuliani ‘for the twentieth time’.
‘Congratulations to Rudy Giuliani (for the twentieth time!), the best Mayor within the historical past of New York City, for having proven such management and doing such an unimaginable job throughout and after the assault on our Nation!’ Trump stated.
Giuliani was mayor of New York City on 9/11 and was additionally Trump’s private legal professional who pushed the false claims that the 2020 election was ‘stolen.’ He attended the New York City memorial ceremony Saturday.
Trump will later host a boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort at The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Saturday evening.
Donald Trump Jr. might be becoming a member of his father there.
Trump confronted a backlash over his resolution to participate within the match on the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist assaults.
His estranged niece Mary Trump known as it ‘disgraceful’ on CNN Thursday. ‘Disgraceful is not a robust sufficient phrase,’ she stated.
The Lincoln Project – a political motion committee fashioned by Republicans – highlighted the variations between his and Biden’s plans.
The One World Trade Center is seen throughout the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 assaults in New York City
United Airlines Flight 175 is seen flying towards the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11 2001 after the North Tower had already been struck by a primary hijacked airplane
‘President Joe Biden will journey to all three websites of the terrorist assaults – New York City, Shanksville, PA, and the Pentagon,’ it tweeted.
‘President Donald Trump will journey to a on line casino in Florida to supply commentary at a boxing match.’
Biden dismissed criticism of the Afghanistan withdrawal when talking to the press in Pennsylvania Saturday, after laying a wreath for the victims of Flight 93.
‘It’s onerous to clarify to anyone, how else may you get out,’ Biden stated.
‘For instance, if we had been in Tajikistan and pulled up a C-130 and stated we’re going to let, you understand, anyone who was concerned with being sympathetic to us to get on the airplane, you’d have individuals hanging within the wheel nicely. Cmon.’
He additionally hit again at Trump for latest feedback he had made about Richmond’s resolution to take away a big Robert E. Lee statue.
Trump had urged the accomplice normal was so nice he would have received the warfare in Afghanistan.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited all three websites of the 9/11 assaults Saturday.
The president didn’t maintain speeches at any of the ceremonies as a substitute releasing a pre-recorded video assertion Friday telling Americans to ‘not be afraid’.
Vice President Kamala Harris known as for ‘unity’ amongst Americans on the 9/11 commemoration ceremony in Shanksville
President Joe Biden waves as he’s joined by former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, first woman Jill Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in NYC
The Bidens stroll by Shanksville, western Pennsylvania, the place Flight 93 crashed on September 11 2001
First woman Jill Biden was captured giving firefighters six-packs of Bud Light and IC Light – a neighborhood Pittsburgh brew – on the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department after she and President Joe Biden laid a wreath on the Flight 93 memorial
First, he attended the New York City ceremony at Ground Zero the place the identify of every sufferer was learn out, starting at 8:30am and lasting a number of hours.
There had been six moments of silence all through the ceremony began by the chime of a bell – for the second every tower was struck by the planes, the time each towers fell.
Bell chimes additionally rung out for the second the Pentagon was struck by the third hijacked airplane and the second Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville.
Biden then flew to the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville the place he attended a wreath-laying ceremony.
The president instructed reporters the memorials are ‘actually necessary’ however ‘additionally extremely troublesome for the individuals affected by them’.
‘It brings again the second they bought the cellphone name, it brings again the moment they bought the information, regardless of how years go by,’ he stated.
The Bidens additionally paid a visit to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the crash on September 11.
Dr. Jill Biden was captured passing out Bud Light and IC Light – a neighborhood Pittsburgh brew – to the primary responders whereas the president took images with firefighters and their households, together with – he instructed reporters – some boys in Trump hats.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden adopted by Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff on the Pentagon the place they laid wreaths
An American flag is unfurled on the Pentagon in Washington Saturday to mark the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terror assaults
A US Army band bugler stands prepared on the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial web site forward of the ceremony Saturday
He then visited the Pentagon the place he was joined by the primary woman, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff to lay a wreath.
Harris had joined Bush on the 9/11 memorial ceremony in Shanksville earlier, the place she known as for a ‘united America’.
The vp urged Americans to keep in mind the ‘unity’ that got here out of the tragedy 20 years in the past, saying it’s ‘important to our shared prosperity, our nationwide safety, and to our standing on the earth.’
‘On the times that adopted September eleventh, 2001, we had been all reminded that unity is feasible in America. We had been reminded, too, that unity is crucial in America. It is important to our shared prosperity, our nationwide safety, and to our standing on the earth,’ Harris stated.
Harris, a Democrat, adopted Bush, a Republican, who used his speech to condemn ‘violent extremists overseas and violent extremists at dwelling,’ calling them ‘youngsters of the identical foul spirit’ – an obvious reference to each the 9/11 hijackers and the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists.
Bush, who was lower than a 12 months into his presidency when the terrorist assaults happened, condemned ‘violent extremists overseas and violent extremists at dwelling,’ calling them ‘youngsters of the identical foul spirit.’
Retired Paramedic Chief Charlie Wells kisses the identify of a relative killed within the assault on the World Trade Center
Port Authority Police bagpipers carry out throughout a Port Authority Interfaith Remembrance Service on the North Oculus Plaza
Bush additionally used his tackle to inform veterans and servicemembers that their sacrifices within the War on Terror weren’t for nothing and pushed the nation to show the identical type of unity that was current within the days after September 11 2001.
‘Many Americans struggled to perceive why an enemy would hate us with such zeal,’ Bush stated.
‘The safety measures integrated into our lives are each sources of consolation and reminders of our vulnerability.
‘And now we have seen rising proof that the risks to our nation can come not solely throughout borders however from violence that gathers inside.’
The former president stated there’s ‘little cultural overlap between violent extremists overseas and violent extremists at dwelling’ besides for his or her ‘disregard of human life.’
Biden later paid tribute to Bush’s speech telling reporters: ‘I believed that President Bush made a extremely good speech at the moment. Genuinely good speech, about who we’re. The core of who we’re just isn’t divided.’