Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump cites 'American defiance' in 9/11 tribute

Trump cites 'American defiance' in 9/11 tribute

The 40-odd passengers and crew attempted to take back control of the plane from the hijackers when they learned of the ongoing terror attacks at the World Trade Center in NY and at the Pentagon.

On 11 September 2001, hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

President Donald Trump will pay tribute to the victims of the september 11, 2001, attacks Tuesday at a ceremony in western Pennsylvania, taking on a rare role that has sometimes been challenging for him: consoler-in-chief.

President Trump marked the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks with a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 went down. "Let's not trivialize them".

The 9/11 Commission Report stated that either the White House or the Capitol Building was a likely target for the hijackers' suicide mission, which was thwarted by the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

Like the December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attack, or the November 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Sept. 11, 2001, is a day and an event we will never forget.

"Last year, President Trump signed the largest increase in our national defense in a generation", Pence said.

A photo on Tuesday captured a fist-pumping President Donald Trump arriving in Pennsylvania to attend a memorial service on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, prompting outrage on social media over the president's demeanour.

"We're gathered together on these hallowed grounds to honor the memory of almost 3,000 souls who were murdered on this day 17 years ago", the president said.

The 9/11 plane strikes, which destroyed the Twin Towers and left a gaping hole in the Pentagon, killed almost 3,000 people, a lot of them in Manhattan.

Vice President Mike Pence is attending a ceremony at the Pentagon.

Hours after the ceremony, two powerful light beams soared soar into the night sky from lower Manhattan in the annual "Tribute in Light". "This is not a fist pump day", wrote one tweeter.

The man who informed President George W. Bush that America was under attack says 9/11 was a defining event for the nation and those who lived through it. "And now it's the tallest", he said at the time. They said suspects in both attacks were inspired by the Islamic State extremist group. The passengers who died in Shanksville have been hailed as heroes ever since. Rescuers spent over 200 days searching the huge piles of rubble for victims.

More than $4.3 billion has been given to the victims and their families via the 9/11 victims compensation fund.

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

"This memorial is now a message to the world", he said.

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