Sixteen years ago, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the coordinated terrorist attacks directed by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden when two planes hit and destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and another crashed into the Pentagon. President Donald Trump paid his respects on the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. It was the first time this solemn anniversary had unfolded during his administration, and what he did on the South Lawn at the White House proved he has not forgotten the magnitude of that tragic day.
As usual, President Trump did not mince words in his remarks surrounding the solemn day of remembrance, calling out the enemy in blatant terms. However, he also put forth the unifying message that Americans desperately needed to hear as they mourned the most devastating terrorist attack our nation has ever seen.
“These are horrible, horrible enemies — enemies like we’ve never seen before,” Trump said during remarks at the Pentagon. “But we’re ensuring they never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country. We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach, no sanctuary beyond our grasp, and nowhere to hide anywhere on this very large Earth,” he continued.
“The horror and anguish of that dark day were seared into our national memory forever,” Trump said. “It was the worst attack on our country since Pearl Harbor and even worse because this was an attack on civilians — innocent men, women, and children whose lives were taken so needlessly,” the president continued.
“On that day, not only did the world change, but we all changed,” he added. “Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face. But in that hour of darkness, we also came together with renewed purpose. Our differences never looked so small, our common bonds never felt so strong.”
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stood beside Trump as he spoke to a crowd that included families of some of the 184 Pentagon employees and airline passengers and crew who died in the attack there.
“Mr. President, your military does not scare,” Mattis told Trump.
Earlier, Trump led a moment of silence in a brief, somber ceremony at the White House. Trump and first lady Melania Trump walked onto the South Lawn and stood as bells tolled for the first 9/11 anniversary of Trump’s presidency. They then bowed their heads and stood silently before placing their hands on their hearts as a bugler played taps.
Vice President Pence traveled to Shanksville, Pa., where one of the four hijacked jetliners crashed after passengers overpowered the hijackers. He spoke near the rural site of the Pennsylvania crash. [Source: The Washington Post]
Trump refrained from tweeting on Monday morning, but he did share a very moving video on his Facebook page of the ceremony on the South Lawn. The president looked noticeably sad as he stood beside his wife recalling the events of that fateful day.
A moment of silence in remembrance of those lost on September 11th, 2001. We will never, ever forget.
Posted by Donald J. Trump on Monday, September 11, 2017
Donald Trump’s New York-based presidential reelection committee issued a statement noting that the president, a native New Yorker, “and many of us in the campaign headquarters in New York City still remember 9-11 as if it just happened.” The statement continued, “We also join the President in drawing from the memories of this day to inspire and motivate us to ensure that a 9-11 never occurs on our soil again and to confront the evils that persist to destroy our freedoms.”
Indeed, if there is anyone who can do what must be done to keep Americans safe from extremists like the ones who attacked the World Trade Center sixteen years ago, it is President Donald Trump. We are blessed to have a Commander-in-Chief who truly understands the evil we face in radical Islam and who isn’t afraid to do what it takes to defeat this enemy.