Former President Donald Trump did not join his successor and predecessors — Presidents Joe Biden, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton — at the formal remembrance ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Instead, the 45th president paid a much more informal visit to the police officers and firefighters of the NYPD and FDNY on Saturday, during which he issued sharply critical remarks about Biden and the disastrous ending of the 9/11-linked Afghanistan War, Breitbart reported.
“He turned victory into a total embarrassment; I say the most embarrassing moment in the history of our country,” Trump said of Biden, going on to accuse the current president of having “surrendered” to the Taliban — something that would not have occurred were he still in charge.
Trump talks to FDNY
While addressing the men and women at the FDNY’s Ladder Co. 2 stationhouse, Trump noted that he had observed the solemn formal ceremonies that morning at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 had crashed, and pointed out that President Biden had not spoken at any of those events.
“Biden did not even speak today! He went to all three places and he didn’t speak. I wonder why he didn’t speak,” Trump said. “He went to all three places — he went to the Pentagon, went to Pennsylvania, he came here, and he did not speak.”
Some of the firefighters jokingly replied to Trump’s observation by suggesting Biden didn’t speak because he had “no teleprompter” or because “he can’t finish a sentence,” prompting Trump to shake his head sadly and say, “What a shame.”
Backing the NYPD blue
Former President Trump also paid a visit to the police officers next door at the 17th Precinct, according to the New York Post, where he praised “New York’s Finest” for their bravery and toughness in doing a difficult job without adequate support from political leadership.
Trump addressed the rising crime rates in New York and other cities and lamented how certain political considerations had essentially tied the hands of the police and prevented them from effectively reducing crime by going after known criminals.
He also spent a few moments discussing Biden’s “gross incompetence” with regard to the Afghanistan withdrawal and how things would have been handled much differently if he were still president.
What a contrast
At both the police precinct and fire station, Trump was quite clearly in his element, meeting and posing for pictures with all who wanted one, whether in large group photos or numerous selfies with individuals or small groups.
Trump’s effusive praise for the men and women who bravely respond first and run toward danger, risking their own lives to save others, was arguably even more presidential than if he had attended the more formal ceremonies with his fellow presidents and simply stood in somber silence in remembrance of this nation’s greatest tragedy that occurred 20 years ago.