Former President Donald Trump released a tape Saturday to remember the Americans who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Many Americans also died in Pennsylvania, where the hijacked airliner whose passengers overtook the attackers crashed in a field after the hijackers were dispatched.
The president honored the fallen in his videotaped remarks and took a swipe at President Joe Bien for how his administration has mismanaged the withdrawal from Afghanistan in the wake of the peace treaty that Trump negotiated to end the war.
Trump called it a “very sad day” but pointed out that “the bravery of our police, fire, and first responders of every kind” was on display. “The job they did was truly unbelievable. We love them, and we thank them,” Trump said, adding, “We back the blue,” and joking about the BLM and All Cops Are Bad movements, “I know you’re not supposed to say that.”
The former president spent the weekend in Florida to attend a boxing match at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood. Donald Trump is billed as a ringside commentator for the event. Undoubtedly, Trump is keeping his distance from the other presidents, who belong to the two-party establishment, attending ceremonies at the different memorial sites.
President Joe Biden made appearances at all three sites in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. And former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush paid respects to the victims at the 9/11 memorial site at Ground Zero and the field in Pennsylvania.
The former president also launched an attack on president Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. Never one to mince words or pull punches, Donald Trump said that his successor in the Oval Office “was made to look like a fool” by how badly mishandled the Afghanistan withdrawal was, with all the lives that have been lost in the ensuing chaos.
Trump said the loss of “13 great warriors,” U.S. service members who lost their lives in Kabul in late August, “should never have happened,” and shouted out to the surviving soldiers who were wounded next to the dead. He also slammed the current president for losing $85 billion in “the finest and most sophisticated military equipment” left behind and fallen into the hands of the Taliban, the country’s enemy for the past twenty years.
Mr. Trump said the leaders in the current administration in Washington “truly didn’t understand what was happening,” and that led to “bad planning” and “incredible weakness” in the DOD and coalition force’s posture during the most chaotic period of the transition to a world without the U.S. at war in Afghanistan. However, he counseled viewers not to fear that “America will be made great again.”