Wednesday, September 11, 2019

President Trump, First Lady Lead 9-11 Memorial Service at White House

“President Donald Trump participated in somber memorial services on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with first lady Melania Trump at his side,” Debra J. Saunders reports for the Las VegasJournal-Review.

The White House flag flew at half-staff, while families of victims joined the First Couple on the South Lawn, facing the National Mall. “Trump led a moment of silence that began at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.”
Trump and the first lady held hands during the moment of silence and put their hands over their hearts for the playing of Taps. No words were spoken.
It has been 18 years since al-Qaida hijackers commandeered four U.S. commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Like Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Trump marked the day with the war still raging.

After the ceremony, President Trump traveled to the Pentagon to give remarks.
In a ceremony at the Pentagon, the president remembered the victims, first responders and U.S. troops that have battled in Afghanistan, and he unleashed threats against militants contemplating another attack on America.
“If anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit and that spirit is unbreakable,” Trump said at the Pentagon. Source: West Wing Reads

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