Today marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. President Trump and First Lady Melania commemorated the anniversary by observing a moment of silence before the president delivered a speech about the United States' resilience.
The morning started for the president and first lady on the South Lawn of the White House, where they had a moment of silence. The moment occurred at 8:46 a.m., marking the exact time that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.
President Trump and First Lady Melania were joined by Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, economic adviser Gary Cohn, White House counsel Don McGahn, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, communications director Hope Hicks and Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.
Later Monday morning, President Trump went to the Pentagon to deliver a speech. In it, he honored victims, first responders, and the military. He also pledged to keep the U.S. safe from future attacks.
He said, "The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit. But America cannot be intimidated and those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle."
He said that U.S. armed forces would not allow Al Queda and other extremist groups to have a "sanctuary," from where they could launch a similar attack.
He said, "We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach."
President Trump also commented on the recent natural disasters taking place in the United States, comparing the resilience of Americans during 9/11 to that of everyone who is experiencing devastation now.
He said, "When Americans are in need, Americans pull together. We are one country...When America is united, no force on earth can break us apart."
Please be praying for the families of the victims of 9/11 and for our country, as today is a day of remembrance. In other news, "America's Pastor" and famous preacher just answered the question, "Where is God in these hurricanes?".