Trump speaks at the Pentagon commemorating 9-11

 Earlier today, Trump spoke at the Pentagon commemorating 9-11. He also commented on his decision to scrap peace talks with the Taliban he scheduled to have at Camp David days prior to the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

“We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people. They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is unrelenting weakness. The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before. And that will continue.

“And if for any reason, they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are, and use power, the likes of which the United States has never used before. And I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them. No enemy on earth can match the overwhelming strength skill and might of the American armed forces.”

The Guardian:

He also reflected on how he was watching a “major business television show” at the time the planes hit the World Trade Center and described the mass confusion that occurred thereafter.

“It was then that I realized the world was going to change. I was no longer going to be, and it could never ever be that innocent place that I thought it was,” he said. “Soon after, I went down to ground zero with men who worked for me to try to help in any little way that we could. We were not alone.”

Trump has claimed several times he spent “a lot of time” at Ground Zero but several people have serious doubts about his claims.

In July when he signed into law the 9/11 First Responders Fund, retired Deputy FDNY Chief Richard Alles said that he spent many months at Ground Zero but never saw Trump there. 

Maggie Haberman with the NYT claimed she only saw him once.

Trump has made controversial remarks in the past about 9/11, such as when he made the baseless claim that there were Muslims in New Jersey cheering the fall of the Twin Towers and when he appeared to blame former President Clinton for the attacks by failing to kill Osama bin Laden.

The Hill:
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