Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Donald Trump Fist-Pumped as he Arrived to 9/11 Memorial Service

Donald Trump Fist-Pumped as he Arrived to 9/11 Memorial Service

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence headed to the two other places where hijacked planes crashed on september 11, 2001: a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon.

In New York City, a ceremony will take place at the 9/11 Memorial where mourners have gathered every year since the attack for the annual reading of victims' names.

President Trump on Tuesday paid tribute to the passengers of Flight 93 who died fighting back against hijackers on September 11, saying they are "linked together forever as true heroes".

That same resilience played out in two other communities that endured attacks that day: Shanksville, Pennsylvania-where United Flight 93 went down after the heroic actions of its passengers and crew-and Arlington, Virginia, home of the Pentagon.


"And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down", Trump said at the time. "Let's not trivialise them".

REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueU.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands and talk as they walk from the Marine One helicopter to Air Force One at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport prior to departing Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 11, 2018. Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks.

It's not surprising that Donald Trump (who, yes, is actually our president) embarrassed himself on 9/11 today.

Despite beginning the day with several tweets attacking the Russia Investigation, President Trump took some time to share a tribute tweeting, "17 years since September 11th!" This memorial is now a message to the arena: "The US will by no technique, ever submit to tyranny", Trump talked about as applause rang out from the audience of Flight ninety three members of the family, dignitaries and others.


Trump listened as the names of the 40 victims were read aloud, followed by the tolling of bells.

Trump honed in on those actions as he spoke, calling the passengers and crew, a "band of fearless patriots" who "turned the tide on our nation's enemies and joined the immortal ranks of American heroes".

Memorials to 9/11 continue to grow at Shanksville, where the Tower of Voices will eventually include a wind chime for each of the 40 people killed there, and ground zero, where work is to begin soon on a pathway honoring rescue and recovery workers.

The president was in his Trump Tower penthouse, four miles from the World Trade Centre, during the 2001 attacks.


Though we would have guessed that the First Lady would reach for an iconic American designer like Ralph Lauren for the occasion - as she did on the Fourth of July - Pierre also feels like a fitting choice.

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