Trump, Biden make rival appearances on 9/11 anniversary

Grant Boone
September 13, 2020

In New York, victims' relatives gathered Friday morning for split-screen remembrances, one at the September 11 memorial plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner, set up by a separate 9/11-related organization.

Biden participated in a solemn morning memorial ceremony in NY, where al Qaeda operatives destroyed the World Trade Center with two hijacked jets whileTrump began the day in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers crashed a hijacked plane believed to have been headed to the US Capitol or White House. "I understand there's all this, and I understand now that we have even COVID", said Cho, 55. We took all our advertising down.

After organizers of the main commemoration announced they -would play pre-recorded videos of family members detailing the names of the victims, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation committed to a live reading at a separate site near Ground Zero.

The 2,200-acre Flight 93 National Memorial marks the spot in rural Pennsylvania where the hijacked flight crashed, killing all 40 people on board.

Earlier in the day, Biden said he was pausing his campaign for the day to commemorate the tragedy.

Biden also attended the ceremony at ground zero in NY, exchanging a pandemic-conscious elbow bump with Vice-President Mike Pence before the observance began.

A large American flag is unfurled at the Pentagon
A large American flag is unfurled at the Pentagon ahead of ceremonies to mark 9/11

At around the same time, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, before stepping off their plane, observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first plane hit the World Trade Center 19 years prior.

President Donald Trump visited the Pennsylvania memorial on Friday morning.

That same afternoon, Biden took to social media to complain that Trump was "adding more countries to his list of who's not welcome in America", with an implicit comparison of the restrictions on China to the so-called Muslim ban Democrats opposed.

The two arrived in Manhattan at the World Trade Center memorial site and greeted one another with an elbow bump. "I don't know about you, but for me that is a heartbreak and a loss that we will remember forever", Jackson said before ringing the bell, a gift from the city of London that has been rung on every anniversary since 2002. She went to the alternative ceremony in NY, which kept up the longstanding tradition of in-person readers. He said 9/11 "revealed the character of Americans" and also compared the tragedy to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 190,000.

Asked what today means for him, Biden replied, "It means I remember all my friends that I lost".

Trump said this in an interview with Fox News which is due to be appeared in full on Saturday. "We stand together, understanding we are all in this together".

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