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Trump speaks to NYPD and FDNY officers on 9/11 anniversary after deciding NOT to visit Ground Zero

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Donald Trump visited NYPD and FDNY officers on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, after deciding not to make his own solo trip to Ground Zero.

The former president surprised officers at the NYPD’s 17th district in Manhattan’s East Midtown, New York City, Saturday afternoon, where he posed for photos with a group of officers and held a brief question-and-answer session.

Trump said very little about America’s darkest day when nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in four coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a fourth plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Instead, he targeted Joe Biden for the “embarrassment” of his withdrawal from Afghanistan, continued to push his false claim that the 2020 election was “rigged” and halted his White House campaign in 2024.

“It was gross incompetence and I hate to talk about it to this day,” Trump said of the withdrawal from Afghanistan last month.

His visit to the police station came after Biden joined former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama at the official 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero Saturday morning.

Former President George W. Bush, a Republican like Trump, attended the memorial at the memorial site for Flight 93 in Shanksville, where he spoke with the relatives of the victims who died when the United Airlines plane crashed, killing all 40 crew members and passengers. perished on board.

Donald Trump visited NYPD and FDNY officers on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, after deciding not to make his own solo trip to Ground Zero

The former president surprised officers at the NYPD's 17th district in Manhattan's East Midtown, New York City, Saturday afternoon, where he posed for photos with a group of officers and held a brief question-and-answer session

The former president surprised officers at the NYPD’s 17th district in Manhattan’s East Midtown, New York City, Saturday afternoon, where he posed for photos with a group of officers and held a brief question-and-answer session

Trump said very little about America's darkest day, instead targeting Joe Biden for the 'humiliation' of his withdrawal from Afghanistan

Trump said very little about America’s darkest day, instead targeting Joe Biden for the ‘humiliation’ of his withdrawal from Afghanistan

Trump was the only surviving president who did not attend any of the three crash sites or any of the official memorial ceremonies on the 20th anniversary of America’s darkest day.

Trump, who now lives at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, will host a boxing match Saturday night between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort in Hollywood, Florida.

His appearance at the police station confirmed that he had traveled to New York City for the anniversary.

He told Fox news On Friday, he was supposed to go somewhere to Ground Zero in New York City on Saturday.

He was expected to make a trip around 1:30 p.m., local law enforcement officials told the New Jersey Globe, after the Secret Service was informed of the plans.

This timing meant he would avoid any chance of running into Biden, who left New York earlier Saturday to also visit Shanksville, Pennsylvania and then the Pentagon.

His visit to the police station took place at about 1:40 p.m. – around the time he had been advertised to visit Ground Zero.

It’s not clear why Trump changed his mind about visiting the 9/11 memorial in his hometown of New York.

His spokeswoman Liz Harrington told the New York Times On Saturday afternoon, he no longer planned to visit the site.

“He had the opportunity to attend but decided to honor the day with several stops,” she said.

His visit to the police station came after Biden was joined by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama at the official 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero Saturday morning.

His visit to the police station came after Biden was joined by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama at the official 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero Saturday morning.

Former President George W. Bush, a Republican like Trump, attended the memorial at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, where he spoke with the victims' relatives

Former President George W. Bush, a Republican like Trump, attended the memorial at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, where he spoke with the victims’ relatives

In addition to the police station visit, Harrington said he was expected to speak virtually at an evangelical event on the National Mall in Washington DC at around 6:50 p.m.

Police officers and firefighters cheered and applauded the former president during his visit Saturday afternoon, which saw a fan shout, “Thank you for protecting us.”

In his short speech before answering questions, Trump described the anniversary as a “sad day” before launching an attack on Biden over Afghanistan.

“It’s a sad day, a very sad day,” he said.

“For a lot of reasons and we added that reason last week because it should never have happened.

“I’ve watched all the speeches and no one said what they did, but we’ll have to live with it for a while. It’s very disappointing.’

Trump answered questions from the assembled officers, with one person asking if he intended to run back to the White House.

Trump praised the first responders he says supported him in the election.

“I’ve had so much support from the people who do what you do,” he said.

‘We love the blue. I’ll say it loud. You know, you can’t say that. We love the blue.’

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