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Trump cites 'American defiance' in 9/11 tribute to victims

Note of recognition for 9/11 passengers' bravery

US President Donald Trump paid tribute Tuesday to the "heroes" who fought back against hijackers on September 11, 2001, vowing America would never flinch in the face of evil and that he would do whatever it takes to keep the country safe.

Trump was also photographed giving a thumbs up as he toured the memorial to the 40 Flight 93 victims.

"It's the anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in American history - and Donald Trump is PUMPED!" tweeted Chicago tribune columnist Rex Huppke.

"Trump is not very good at speaking the language of communal values", said Jennifer R. Mercieca, an associate professor with the department of communication at Texas A&M University who has studied the president's rhetorical style.

Virtually Three, 000 people died that day when other airplanes had been flown into Original York's World Change Center and the Pentagon in an assault deliberate by al-Qaida chief Osama bin Encumbered.

Bin Laden was killed in May 2011 during a United States military operation ordered by then-president Barack Obama.

Trump, a NY native, made his first visit as president to the Shanksville site and paid tribute to the Americans who died that day.

This is the Tower of Voices Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, as the nation marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The First Lady chose a somber navy trench dress with white stitching for the occasion, which she paired with matching heels.

The president also participated in the Pentagon's September 11 observance a year ago.

"We all hope that, faced with a similar situation, we might make the same choice", said Gov. Tom Wolf.

Speaking at the Pentagon, one of the three sites attacked with hijacked airplanes on September 11, 2001, Trump said, "the terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit". The others were used as missiles by hijackers, who crashed them into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in NY and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Debra Sinodinos, who lost her firefighter cousin Peter Carroll and works near the trade centre, said she tries not to let the recent attacks unnerve her.

He called the September 11 anniversary ceremony a time "to commemorate their incredible valor", and pledged that the nation would "never flinch in the face of evil and do whatever it takes to keep America safe".

"And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down", Trump said at the time. There is no evidence of that in news stories at the time.

The recent attacks in NY, as well as terror attacks elsewhere, were on Miller's mind on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) as she arrived.

Vice President Mike Pence has told family members of the 184 people killed at the Pentagon on 9/11 that the nation still grieves with them.

Under a gray sky in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Trump praised the courage of the 40 men and women aboard Flight 93 who rushed the four hijackers who had seized control of the plane and diverted it towards Washington.