DONALD Trump intends to visit Ground Zero on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 after Rudy Giuliani said Joe Biden was “not welcome” in NYC.
The former Republican president said he would visit the site of the terrorist attacks in Manhattan in an interview with Fox News Friday.
It comes after New York City's former mayor Rudy Giuliani told WABC radio during a 9/11 remembrance: “President Biden shouldn’t come here. He doesn’t belong here.”
“President Biden made decisions that were reckless, almost to the point of insanity,” he said Friday afternoon. “It would be as if I went down to Ground Zero and I said, ‘Take out the firefighters and all you civilians, see if you can get yourselves out and maybe some terrorists can help you out.'”
“If you leave Americans behind, you could be the president or anybody else, I just have no respect for you,” the former mayor added. “President Biden did probably one of the most reckless acts in American history and he’s putting us through hell.”
Donald Trump had been tight-lipped about whether he would mark the tragedy.
The New Jersey Globe reported Thursday Trump would visit Ground Zero early Saturday afternoon, following a formal ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
It is not thought he will bump into the current president, Joe Biden.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden are due to attend the beginning of the 8.30am ceremony before leaving New York around 10am to take part in observances at Shanksville, Pa. — the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 — and the Pentagon.
Trump has been piling on stinging criticism of Biden in the last few weeks over the withdrawal of US troops and the subsequent takeover of the country by the Taliban.
The US moved troops into the country in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“It is very depressing,” Trump told Fox News Friday of his feelings on the anniversary. “This was supposed to be a day of victory. Now it is a day of embarrassment. How do you have this happen?”
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“I think Biden rushed it [the Afghan pullout] to try to claim victory,” the former president added, “and now, he looks like a fool.”
Chaotic scenes were seen in Kabul in the final few days of the US withdrawal as military personnel and civilians were rushed out of the country in order to meet the August deadline.
After Trump’s visit to New York he is due to head to Florida where he and his son Donald Trump Jr as expected to provide an alternative commentary track for an eight-round boxing exhibition between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort.
Earlier this month, the mom of a Marine killed in the deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan in August has invited Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, to her son's funeral.
Shana Chappell said it would be an "honor" to meet the "real president" at the memorial service for her 20-year-old son Kareem Nikoui.
Nikoui was one of the 13 Marines killed in the terrorist blast in Kabul last month.
Chappell blamed Biden for her son's death, adding that the president has "blood on his hands".
9/11 timeline of events
The 9/11 terror attacks occurred 20 years ago. Here is a timeline of the day:
- 5:45am – Hijackers get through security in Portland, Maine and board American Airlines Flight 11 that was scheduled to fly to Boston.
- 7:59am – American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Boston to Los Angeles. The plane is carrying 76 passengers, 11 crew and five hijackers.
- 8:15am – United Airlines Flight 175, carrying 51 passengers, nine crew and five hijackers, takes off from Boston to Los Angeles.
- 8:20am -American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Washington, DC. The plane is carrying 53 passengers, six crew and five hijackers.
- 8:42am – United Airlines Flight 93 takes off from Newark. The plane is carrying 33 passengers, seven crew and four hijackers. The flight was bound to San Francisco.
- 8:46am – Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
- 9:03am – Flight 175 hits the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
- 9:36am – Vice President Dick Cheney is evacuated by Secret Service agents to an undisclosed location.
- 9:37am – Flight 77 hits the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.
- 9:45am – The US Capitol and White House are both evacuated.
- 9:59am – The South Tower was the first to collapse after burning for around 56 minutes.
- 10:03am – United Airlines flight 93 crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The passengers and crew got together and stormed the cockpit of the hijacked plane. All passengers on board are killed.
- 10:28am – The North Tower collapses.
- 8:30pm – President George W. Bush addresses the US from the White House regarding the attacks. Almost 3,000 Americans died in the terror attacks.
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