President Donald Trump warned would-be terrorists that ‘America cannot be intimidated’ on Monday as he delivered remarks at the Pentagon honoring the men and women who perished on September 11, 2001.
Trump said on his first 9/11 as president that America will never again provide safe haven to terrorists who want to destroy the nation and its values.
Those that try to defy him ‘will join the long list of vanquished enemies’ who dared to test our mettle, Trump said.
‘We are making plain to these savage killers, that there is no dark corner beyond our reach, no sanctuary beyond our grasp, and nowhere to hide anywhere on this very large earth,’ Trump declared.
The president proclaimed in his address from the Department of Defense’s headquarters, ‘Our values will endure, our people will thrive, our nation will prevail, and the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die.’
President Trump and Melania led a moment of silence at the White House to remember the victims of 9/11.
The president and the first lady exited the White House at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Members of the president’s White House staff gathered on the South Lawn.
After the moment of silence, a military bugle played taps as everyone put their hands on their hearts.
The president and first lady went from the White House to the Pentagon for a formal 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Ivanka Trump also went to the military facility.
‘This is an occasion that is extraordinary. And it will always be extraordinary,’ President Trump said.
Worse than the worst attack in U.S. history before that, on the U.S. military base Pearl Harbor, Trump said, innocent men, women and children’s lives were taken ‘so needlessly.’
‘For the families with us on this anniversary, we know that not a single day goes by when you don’t think about the loved one stolen from your life. Today our entire nation grieves with you,’ the president said.
The Department of Defense’s headquarters, just south of the White House on the other side of the Potomac River, became the third U.S. building to suffer a blow from terror 16 years ago today when 19 hijackers took control of four planes and crashed them into landmarks on the East Coast.
‘Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting us they could scare us that day,’ U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in a speech that preceded the president’s. ‘But we, Americans, are not made of cotton candy, we are not seaweed drifting in the current, we are not intimidated by our enemies, and Mr. President, your military does not scare.’
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