Former President Donald Trump did not join President Joe Biden or his predecessors — Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton — at the solemn formal ceremonies Saturday morning to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Instead, Trump paid homage in his own way to the brave heroes of that fateful day who sacrificed their own lives to save others by visiting with members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Fire Department of New York (FDNY), The Scoop reported.
The 45th president paid a surprise visit Saturday afternoon to the firefighters and police officers on duty at the Ladder Co. 2 fire station and 17th Precinct just next door, respectively, to honor the heroism and selflessness of their first responder colleagues 20 years ago.
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He heralded their incredible bravery and sense of duty and expressed his unending support for their efforts at keeping the general public safe from crime and tragedy.
In both instances, Trump gladly shook hands, exchanged hugs, and posed for pictures — both in large groups as well as for individual selfies — with all who requested a photo.
Biden and Afghanistan
Of course, former President Trump also used the opportunity of those visits to sharply criticize his successor, President Biden, over the fatally haphazard and “embarrassing” manner in which Biden had “surrendered” to that Taliban in a disgraceful retreat from Afghanistan, RealClearPolitics reported.
He further called out Biden for failing to deliver any sort of remarks or formal speech at any of the three memorial ceremonies he had attended that morning.
Plans for 2024?
Trump also issued what was perhaps his strongest hint yet regarding his plans for 2024 and whether or not he would run for president again when asked by an officer at the 17th Precinct.
“It’s an easy question. I know what I’m going to do but we’re not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws, which frankly are ridiculous if you want to know the truth,” Trump said. “But I think you’re going to be happy, let me put it that way.”
The former president was clearly in his element Saturday, meeting and greeting firefighters and police officers instead of attending somber ceremonies with individuals who openly despise him, and that contrast in choices says a lot about both the current and former occupants of the White House.