Nation recalls when 'America fought back'

Nation recalls when 'America fought back'

Nation recalls when 'America fought back'

Trump is delivering remarks at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Retired New York City firefighter Bruce Stanley holds a portrait of his late friend Liam Smith Jr., a New York City firefighter who died in the 9/11 attacks, during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial, September 11, 2018 in New York City.

Trump talked about keeping America safe and described September 11, 2001 as a day that "America fought back" and how the country will "never flinch in the face of evil".

He honoured those killed 17 years ago in a field where the fourth airliner of the day crashed after those aboard realised what was happening and several passengers tried to storm the cockpit.

And he greeted crowds with a double fist pump - sparking a huge backlash online.

By the time he'd made his way to Shanksville, where family members of victims had gathered to remember their loved ones, the President had assumed a solemn demeanor and pinned a remembrance ribbon on his right lapel.

The names of the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 were read solemnly aloud Tuesday near the field where their lives were lost on 9/11.

When he stood to speak, Trump stuck tightly to the script, hailing the passengers of the San Francisco-bound flight as courageous and patriotic Americans.


Terrorists hijacked four commercial jets and struck the World Trade Center, Pentagon and were aiming at the Capital Building, but that attempt was foiled by courageous passengers on Flight 93, heroes, all of them, who's lives ended in a Pennsylvania field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Hundreds were killed and injured in Washington D.C. when a third plane hit the Pentagon.

It is believed hijackers planned to aim the aircraft at the US Congress or White House when it crashed, killing all 40 people onboard.

Trump has also come under fire in the past for spreading the debunked claim that Muslims in New Jersey were cheering from their rooftops as they watched the Twin Towers collapse.

In his official Patriot Day Proclamation for September 11, 2018, President Trump highlighted a few of those important lessons. Like his two predecessors, he has wrestled with a strategy for the United States war in Afghanistan.

Since September 11, 2001, almost 5.5 million Americans have enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. "A band of fearless patriots turned the tide on our nation's enemies". "But America can not be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle".

"Today, we remember our beloved fallen, whose names are enshrined at this Pentagon Memorial and will forever be etched in the hearts of the American people for as long as this Nation endures", he tweeted.

As more than one Twitter critic noted, Trump first marked Tuesday's 9/11 anniversary "with an angry morning tweet about Russian Federation and Hillary Clinton". Often, he imbues his attempts at comfort with self-praise or non-sequiturs.

Many criticised the president and said that it was insensitive on his part to be joyous and excited on a day when over 3000 people died. There is no evidence of that in news stories at the time.

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