Trump pays 9-11 tribute at PA crash site, Biden, Pence visit NY memorial

By The SATimes News Service

New York:  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid solemn tributes on Sept 11 to the 40 people who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed into an open field in rural Pennsylvania in 2001.

Trump, speaking softly, delivered a message of remembrance, also for those lost in the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.

Trump said the al-Qaida attacks were orchestrated and executed by “radical Islamic terrorists,” and he recounted his conquests in the war against Islamic State, including the January killing of Qasem Soleimani.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also traveled to Shanksville, Pa., to pay respects there. That morning he was  at the 9/11 memorial in New York, accompanied by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Biden and his wife, Jill, briefly greeted Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, there, with elbow bumps and shoulder touches.

After arriving, Pence chatted with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris delivered a tribute to the victims of and first responders of 9-11 terrorist attacks  by attending a memorial ceremony in Fairfax, Va. She said that the terrorist attacks served as a reminder of the country’s ability to unite in times of tragedy and crisis.

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