Trump and first lady prepare to commemorate September 11

Paul Hennessy  Polaris  Newscom

Paul Hennessy Polaris Newscom

The attacks remain the deadliest ever on U.S. soil, plunging the United States into a chain of rolling wars against Islamic militants, in which Trump has vowed to give no quarter.

Trump even offered words of comfort to those whose loved ones perished in the attacks and said, "For the families with us on this anniversary, we know that not a single day goes by when you don't think about the loved one stolen from your life".

Later on Monday, Trump and first lady Melania Trump, surrounded by White House aides and other administration officials observed a moment of silence at the White House at the exact moment that a hijacked airplane was slammed into the World Trade Center. Later, at the Pentagon, where another plane had crashed, he promised American resolve.

Trump said the country was committed to "destroying the enemies of all civilized people". "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". Nor had he yet had his rebirth as a national celebrity thanks to "The Apprentice". It is Trump's first September 11 commemoration as president.

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The Democratic mayor of Jersey City, home to about 15,000 Muslims, tweeted at the time that "either @realDonaldTrump has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party".

To boot, Trump's claim that his building was then the tallest in downtown Manhattan wasn't accurate - the nearby 70 Pine Street building is 25 feet taller than Trump's 40 Wall Street, though Trump's building has four more stories.

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Trump has spoken publicly about the 9/11 attacks frequently, starting long before the NY businessman became a 2016 presidential candidate. There is no such evidence in news archives.

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Meanwhile, Marcus, who is also Trump's friend and former publicist, told Politico a year ago that the response was simply "Donald being Donald".

He has also criticized President George W. Bush's handling of the attacks and has accused the former president of failing in his duty to keep Americans safe.

"Well, it was an unbelievable phone call", Trump said. When he announced his war strategy for Afghanistan last month, he acknowledged that "decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office". "So I don't believe that just for President Trump, I believe that for President Obama".

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