Donald Trump commemorated the Sept. 11 attacks for the first time as commander-in-chief today, leading a moment of silence and sharing words of strength on the 16th anniversary of that tragic day.
“We can never erase your pain, but we can honor their sacrifice by pledging our resolve to do whatever we must to keep our people safe,” Trump said, speaking to hundreds of family members gathered at the Pentagon.
Trump, a New Yorker, was joined by first lady Melania Trump to observe a moment of silence first at the White House in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 American lives lost in the attacks — when hijackers led by Osama Bin Laden crashed airplanes into New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa.
In honor of this emotional and solemn day, Trump tweeted a video that was not about the victims of 9/11 or the first responders…the video was about Donald Trump.
Remember how Trump has reacted in the past to the attacks on 9/11.
On the evening of the attacks — quite literally before the dust had settled — Trump called in to the local news station WWOR to share his perspective as the owner of some 20 Manhattan buildings.
When prompted to speak about the status of his 71-story tower located near ground zero, Trump had this to offer:
Well it was an amazing phone call, I mean 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. And now it’s the tallest.
— Ess (@ScottyLiterati) September 11, 2016
WATCH: (Press the play button, the video starts black)
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2017