Trump marks 16th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Trump marks 16th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Donald Trump has led tributes to the 9/11 victims on the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks, saying the USA grieves for the people "murdered by terrorists" in 2001.

Remembering the deaths of almost 3,000 people that were killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Trump said that "the living, breathing soul of America wept with grief" for each of the victims that were lost on that day 16 years ago.

Moments of silence were held for the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijackers crashed planes into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. Trump later head to the Pentagon, where the president made remarks honoring the victims of the attack in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence will attend a ceremony later on Monday in Shanksville, Pennyslvania, where a second hijacked plane crashed into a field on 9/11.

"We mourn them, we honor them and we pledge not to ever ever forget them", he said.

Trump, a New York City native, was in Manhattan when the Twin Towers fell 16 years ago. It was Trump's first September 11 commemoration as president.

Trump vowed that his home city's spirit would not be broken.

In the years that followed, Trump's views on terrorism hardened and his claims about 9/11 grew more outlandish and untrue.

"On that day, not only did the world change, but we all changed", Trump said.

"Most people feel they know at least approximately the group of people that did this and where they are", Trump told WWOR.

"Do I believe that God raises up authority, do I believe that he sets one up and pulls one down?"

"It did happen. I saw it", Trump said then.

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump ventured far beyond the norms of political behavior when it came to the 9/11 terrorist attacks - blaming George W. Bush for failing to prevent the deadly assault and trafficking in bogus conspiracy theories about Muslims cheering the tragedy from rooftops.

"The objective of that is to give the president a sense of the terrorist threat globally and to the homeland", said Tom Bossert, Trump's homeland security adviser.

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