2020 Democrats share 9/11 memories
Several Democratic presidential candidates have shared statements and memorials to the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
"I was another in college when the aircraft hit. My roommates and I sat transfixed on a futon, glued to the horror that developed on NBC's Today Show, ” wrote Pete Buttigieg, a veteran who served in Afghanistan.
“Years later, I would find myself with an M-4 in Kabul, Afghanistan – the country that had hosted men who had conceived and conducted inconceivable attacks on other people. But at that moment I just sat there, stunned. "
Several other Democratic candidates expressed their gratitude for the first responders and remembered the victims of the attack.
And Bernie Sanders used the anniversary as an opportunity to discuss his foreign policy proposals:
A New York Times reporter who previously covered the rebuilding of the World Trade Center said back in July, when the president claimed that he spent "a lot of time" at Ground Zero, that she recalled only one instance of Trump visiting the site.
She also made a distinction between Trump and the first responders who came to help the victims of the attacks:
Trump repeats dubious claim on Visiting Ground Zero
While speaking at Pentagon's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, the President also reiterated his dubious claim that he went down to Ground Zero shortly after the attacks.
Trump talked about how he watched CNBC when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
"I looked out of a window from a building in central Manhattan directly at the World Trade Center when I saw the second planet go at a huge speed into the second tower," Trump said. "That's when I realized that the world would change."
He continued: "Shortly after I went down to Ground Zero with men who worked for me to try to help in any small way we could. We were not alone."
Trump similarly said back in July, while signing a bill to fund medical care for the first responders of 9/11, he spent "a lot of time" at Ground Zero. But Richard Alles, a retired New York Fire Department deputy chief, doubted it.
"I spent many months there myself, and I never witnessed him," Alles told the New York Times in July. "He was a private citizen at the time. I don't know what kind of role he could have played. "
Here is Trump 's full quote on the interrupted Taliban peace talks while speaking at the Pentagon Memorial Ceremony on 9/11:
"We had peace talks planned a few days ago. I interrupted them when I was told that they had killed a large American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people. They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but in fact what they showed is unmatched weakness. For the past four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been. And it will continue.
"And if for some reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power that the United States has never used before. And I am not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen nothing like what will happen to them. No enemy on earth can match the overwhelming power and strength of the US armed forces. "
Trump mentions scrapped Taliban peace talks at Pentagon's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
The President has just finished speaking at Pentagon's 18th anniversary ceremony for the 9/11 attacks.
It is safe to say that he probably resigned from the teleprompeter a bit. Trumpest cited his abolished plans to hold peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David.
"We had peace talks planned a few days ago," Trump told the crowd gathered at one of eight locations ccs that killed thousands together. "I interrupted them when I was told that they had killed a large American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people … Over the past four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been before."
A reporter described the audience's response as "polite."
Joe Biden released a statement in honor of the 9/11 anniversary , says the event "has become synonymous with America's iron will to never bow, never break in the face of terror."
"It has also become a reminder of who we are as a nation and what Americans are capable of when we meet, united in common purpose," said the Democratic presidential candidate, who was in the Senate when the attacks occurred.
Biden concluded: "This year, 9/11, we once again honor the memories of Americans whose lives were too cruelly shortened, and we renew our commitment to uphold the best of what it means to be an American – and for everything that separates the United States. "
More on the Washington Post / ABC News poll: Joe Biden has the largest lead over Trump in a hypothetical match-up, as the best president of 15 points.
Bernie Sanders has a 9-point lead over Trump and Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris both have 7-point leads. Pete Buttigieg has a narrower lead over Trump that falls within the margin of error of the vote.
So the overview is good news for the Democrats. But pollsters and strategists are historically skeptical of polls so far away from election day.
Trump criticizes the poll showing him losing to Democratic front-runners
The The Fed is not the only thing that annoys the president this morning. More results have been released from the latest Washington Post / ABC News poll, showing Trump trailer Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris in hypothetical match choices for general elections.
This two-part tweet thread continues several falsehoods, not to mention the derogatory nickname he throws in for Warren, so let's take them one at a time.
First of all because the blog covered yesterday, the Washington Post / ABC News survey is well considered. It has an A + rating from the poll and analysis site FiveThirtyEight.
Second, the stores' final survey before the 2016 election showed that Hillary Clinton would beat Trump nationally by 4 points. It was very close to the actual result, with Clinton defeating Trump in the popular 2-point vote. (She obviously lost Electoral College and the presidency along with it.) Third, there is no evidence that pollsters are sharpening their results in an effort to undermine Trump.
Fourth, Trump has been campaigning since he took office. He has held campaign compilations consistently since his inauguration.
Fifth, Russia's election disruption 2016 is very much confirmed and is not at all "fake news."
Sixth, Trump has exaggerated exaggerated how much Dan Bishop the Republican who won tonight's special congressional race in North Carolina, was down in the polls.
It's amazing how many fakes can be filled in two two-characters of 280 characters.
Trump smashes Fed leaders as "Boneheads"
Good morning, live blog readers – I hope you all take a moment today to remember those 2,997 people lost 18 years ago.
Our president's focus seems to be pushing for other topics tomorrow. While at the same time celebrated his party's narrow victory last night in a special congressional race in North Carolina, Donald Trump buzzes out against the leaders of the Federal Reserve as "Boneheads."
The central bank is expected to cut interest rates again next week after doing so for the first time in a decade during its July meeting.
But it does not seem appealing to Trump, who has previously complained that Fed President Jerome Powell, probably raised rates too quickly and then lowered them too slowly.
This is very cramped territory for Trump. He has repeatedly lashed out at Powell for blaming the president of the slow US economy, despite the president's trade war doing much more damage in that arena.
But this poll released yesterday shows a majority of Americans expect a recession next year is almost certainly on the president's mind as well. Trump expects a strong economy to win re-election. If he doesn't, at least he will need a bogeyman to blame for the fall. Why not the Fed Chairman?
Here's what else the blog keeps an eye on:
- Americans across the country will recognize the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
- Trump and the first lady attend a 9/11 observing ceremony at the Pentagon.
- Robert Wilkie, The VA Secretary will continue his five-day journey through Israel.
The blog looks at all this, so stay tuned.