- President Donald Trump spoke at the 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania on the 17th anniversary of the terror attacks, praising the heroes who stopped one of the hijacking plots
- ‘They stopped the forces of terror and defeated this wicked, horrible, evil plan,’ Trump said, referring to ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ several times as ‘the enemy’
- Trump praised law enforcement and first responders while promising to do ‘everything in my power to prevent terrorists from striking American soil’
- Vice President Mike Pence headed to the Pentagon to speak to military guests
- New York City marked the anniversary with a moment of silence at the site of the attacks
- Governor Andrew Cuomo, Rudy Giuliani, Nikki Haley, Bill de Blasio and Chris Christie were among those in downtown Manhattan
President Donald Trump commemorated the victims of Flight 93 on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, praising the heroes who stopped a hijacked plane from reaching Washington, D.C. seventeen years ago. A quartet of plots in 2001 shook America’s collective sense of national security and signaled the global beginning of a new normal.
They ‘took their own fate, and America’s fate, into their own hands’ by storming the cockpit and forcing a group of jihadis to crash into a field instead of turning the U.S. Capitol building into a domed inferno.
‘America will never forget what your loved ones did for all of us,’ he told a crowd of hundreds.
‘They stopped the forces of terror and defeated this wicked, horrible, evil plan,’ Trump said, referring to ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ several times as ‘the enemy.’
His remarks came during an annual ceremony marking the 9/11 attacks that shook America’s collective sense of national security in 2001.
Speaking against the backdrop of wind turbines and mountaintops, Trump praised law enforcement and first responders while promising to do ‘everything in my power to prevent terrorists from striking American soil.’
He said the four planes were ‘hijacked by evil men bent on terror and conquest’ and promised to ‘never flinch in the face of evil.’
Trump and his wife Melania traveled to the rural town of Shanksville, where a California-bound commercial airliner crashed after the 40 passengers and crew members learned what was happening and attempted to regain control of the aircraft. Everyone on board was killed.
Trump is a New York City native making his first visit as president to the site.
‘A piece of America’s heart is buried on these grounds, but in its place has grown a new resolve to live our lives with the same grace and courage as the heroes of Flight 93,’ he said.
‘This field is now a monument to American defiance’ that delivers ‘a message to the world: America will never, ever, submit to tyranny.’
At the Pentagon, a choked-up Vice President Mike Pence recalled the deaths of ‘little children just finding their way in the world’ when American Airlines Flight 77 brought down part of the Pentagon’s west wall.
‘There were new recruits and dedicated veterans, patriots all,’ he said.
But he recalled the teamwork as military brass and enlisted men and women rushed to crawl through the rubble for survivors.
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