President Trump paid tribute to the passengers and crew who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, on Flight 93, when it crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“Nineteen years ago, on this day, at this time, on this field, 40 brave men and women triumphed over terror and gave their lives in defense of our nation,” said Mr. Trump during brief remarks in Shanksville. Friday. “Today we pay homage to their sacrifice and we cry deeply for the nearly 3,000 precious and beautiful souls who were taken away from us on September 11, 2001”.
He praised their courage in deciding to react against the terrorists who had taken control of the plane, with the intention of guiding it to Washington.
“When the terrorists raced to destroy the headquarters of our democracy, the forty of Flight 93 did the most American things: they voted and then they acted,”
In his remarks he mentioned the deaths of Qasem Soleimani and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but not Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, who was killed in an operation overseen by his predecessor, President Obama.
“Less than a year ago, the American warriors eliminated the savage assassin and leader of ISIS, al Baghdadi,” the president said. “Shortly thereafter, our warriors ended the brutal reign of the Iranian butcher, who killed thousands of US military service members, the world’s leading terrorist, Qasem Soleimani. He is dead.”
He also praised the first responders who lost their lives that day.
“As the ash rained, police officers, first responders, and firefighters were struck by a hellfire. That day, more than 400 first responders gave their lives, including 23 New York City police officers, 37 ‘port authority and 343 New York City firefighters, ”the president said.
Former Vice President Biden will also go to Shanksville on Friday afternoon. While Mr. Trump was in Shanksville, the Democratic candidate was in New York for the commemoration ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. He told reporters Friday morning that he intended to focus on commemorating the anniversary of the attacks and said his campaign would not be publicity this day.
Associated Press reporter Alexandra Jaffe asked Biden at the 9/11 Memorial what it means to him today.
“It means I remember all my friends I lost,” he replied. “It takes a lot of courage for someone who has lost someone to come back today,” Biden continued. “I know from experience, losing my wife, my daughter, my son, relive the moment as if it were happening. It’s hard. It’s a wonderful memorial, but it’s hard. It just takes you back to the moment it happened, it doesn’t matter. how long, how much time passes. So I admire the families that come “.
Vice President Mike Pence also attended the ceremony in New York on Friday morning and he and Biden briefly said goodbye to the elbows.
Earlier, President and First Lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence in a moment of silence in an Air Force One conference room booth at 8:46 am while on her way to Pennsylvania, to commemorate the moment in which the first plane hit the World Trade Center in 2001.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which also included attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia.
Nicole Sganga contributed to this report.