Where is Trump on 9/11? Not at ground zero.
Notably absent from the 9/11 memorial ceremonies on Saturday, former President Donald J. Trump, a native New Yorker who built much of his political brand in the aftermath of the attacks, was divisive. Mr Trump was in New York City, his spokesman said, but was not planning to go to Ground Zero.
“They had the option to participate, but they decided to honor the day with different stops,” said her spokeswoman, Liz Harrington.
President Biden, former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton all attended the main event in Lower Manhattan. Former President George W Bush K spoke at a memorial near Shanksville, where Mr Biden attended a wreath-laying ceremony.
But instead of appearing at the gloomy name-reading ceremony, Trump issued a series of offensive statements criticizing Biden’s handling of the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and including Rudolf W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer and the mayor. Compliments praised. of New York on the day of the September 11 attacks.
9/11 Memorial and Museum spokeswoman Lee Cochran confirmed that Mr Trump was given the same information about the ceremony that other current and former presidents had attended.
“You have to ask Trump’s team about his decision, but he did not attend today’s commemoration,” Ms Cochran said.
Mr Trump spoke at a police complex and a firehouse in Manhattan, reviving his criticism against Mr Biden’s decisions in Afghanistan and his usual campaign fare about crime in Democrat-led cities.
Ms Harrington said she was also expected to address an evangelical event, Let Us Worship, at the National Mall in Washington, DC, at around 6:50 p.m. And he was set to provide commentary for a pay-per-view boxing match in Hollywood, Fla.
“I love great fighters and great battles,” Trump said in a news release for the program. “I look forward to seeing you both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts.”