Yesterday, was a solemn day for Donald Trump who held a moment’s silence for the victims of 9/11 before warning other would-be terrorists that America cannot be intimidated.’
But it appears that the president hasn’t always been
Over the years he has made several false and tasteless remarks about the tragedy – including on the day of the attack itself.
President Donald Trump (pictured on Monday as he delivered remarks at the Pentagon honoring the men and women who perished on September 11, 2001) bragged about having the tallest building in Manhattan on the day of the 9/11 terror attack
The real estate mogul now turned politician, called into a New York radio station WWOR, to brag that his building (pictured, is his blue-topped 40 Wall Street building) was the tallest after the collapse of the World Trade Center. In fact, another building was still higher
The real estate mogul now turned politician, called into a New York radio station WWOR, which was playing audio of the World Trade Center collapsing, to brag that his building was now the tallest in Manhattan, the Huffington Post reported.
’40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest,’ he said. ‘And now it’s the tallest.’
That claim later turned out to be false. 70 Pine Street stood around 25 feet higher than 40 Wall Street after the attack, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
He also claimed $150,000 from the government, originally set aside to help small businesses, to cover ‘rent loss’ and ‘repairs’.
More than a decade later, Trump – by then a reality TV star and host of The Apprentice – tweeted a bizarre message out to the ‘haters and losers’ on the anniversary of the terror attack.
The first couple raised their gaze a minute later and the president unclasped his hands, signaling a trumpeter to begin performing military taps in a ceremony at the White House
When the short ceremony was over, the first couple turned around and walked back inside the White House, hand in hand
‘I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th,’ he wrote.
During his presidential election campaign, in November 2015, Trump notoriously claimed he’d seen thousands of Muslims cheering for the attack in New Jersey.
‘I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,’ he said at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama.
He later claimed the cheers came from areas with ‘large Arab populations’.
Many New Jersey residents, and police representatives, have refuted the claim.
The president would later go onto claim in 2016 that he lost ‘hundreds’ of friends in 9/11 which would work out that he knew around one in ten of the almost three thousand people who died. Meanwhile, he has failed to name a single person he lost in the tragedy.
Last summer he made another dubious claim, saying that 9/11 would never have happened under his immigration policy – despite the fact that 15 of the 19 terrorists involved were actually citizens of Saudi Arabia – a country omitted from his travel ban.
More than a decade later, Trump – by then a reality TV star and host of The Apprentice – tweeted a bizarre message out to the ‘haters and losers’ on the anniversary of the terror attack
‘Those people that knocked down the World Trade Centre most likely under the Trump policy wouldn’t have been here to knock down the World Trade Centre, just so you understand,’ he said.
He has also blamed past presidents including George Bush and Bill Clinton for failing to prevent the attack.
Trump isn’t the Republican to be criticized for their behavior on the anniversary of the attack.
Ted Cruz stunned hisTwitter followers after he ‘liked’ a hardcore porn video on 9/11 this year.
The Texas senator appeared to ‘like’ the x-rated clip late on Monday, but it was redacted around 40 minutes later. It is not known who had was using the account at the time and liked the video. His aides would have likely had access to his profile.
In July of 2016, Cruz said in a GOP platform draft: ‘Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.’
Trump isn’t the Republican to be criticized for their behavior on the anniversary of the attack. Ted Cruz stunned his Twitter followers after he ‘liked’ a hardcore porn video on 9/11 this year
The Texas senator appeared to like the post late on Monday, according to multiple Twitter users
Meanwhile, the president took a more reverential tone today as they attended the Pentagon for a formal 9/11 remembrance ceremony. I
‘This is an occasion that is extraordinary. And it will always be extraordinary,’ President Trump said.
Worse than the worst attack in U.S. history before that, on the U.S. military base Pearl Harbor, Trump said, innocent men, women and children’s lives were taken ‘so needlessly.’
‘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. Today our entire nation grieves with you,’ the president said.
Trump told the families in attendance, ‘No force on Earth can ever take away your memories, diminish your love, or break your will to endure and carry on and go forward.
‘Though we can never erase your pain, or bring back those you lost, we can honor their sacrifice by pledging our resolve to do whatever we must to keep our people safe.’