Sunday 27 May 2018

'US can't be intimidated' - Trump at 9/11 event

President Donald Trump and wife Melania. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
President Donald Trump and wife Melania. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Darlene Superville

US President Donald Trump, leading his first commemoration of the 9/11 anniversary, has said "the living, breathing soul of America wept with grief" for each of the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost on that day 16 years ago.

Addressing an audience at the Pentagon, one of three sites attacked on September 11, 2001, Mr Trump used the anniversary to sternly warn terrorists that "America cannot be intimidated".

He said those who try are destined to join a long list of vanquished enemies "who dared to test our mettle".

Mr Trump and his wife Melania observed a moment of silence at the White House at the exact time that a hijacked plane was slammed into New York's World Trade Centre.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed when hijackers flew commercial planes into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Mr Trump, a native New Yorker who was in the city on 9/11, said the attack was worse than the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbour during the Second World War because it targeted civilians. He vowed that it would never be repeated.

"The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit," Mr Trump said later at the Pentagon. "But Ameria cannot be intimidated and those who try will join a long list of vanquished enemies who dared test our mettle." He said that when America is united, "no force on Earth can break us apart".

Mr Trump also offered words of comfort for the many whose loved ones perished in the attacks. "Today, our entire nation grieves with you," he said.

Irish Independent

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