Trump Vows to Use Power the Likes of Which U.S. Has Never Used Before Against Enemies

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By Melanie Arter | September 11, 2019 | 1:00 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump marked the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday, pledging that if enemies try to attack the United States again, the U.S. will use “power the likes of which the United States has never used before.”

“Today our nation’s honors and mourns the nearly 3,000 lives that were stolen from us on September 11, 2001. On these grounds, 184 people were murdered when al Qaeda terrorists overtook American Airlines flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon. For every American who lived through that day, the September 11th attack is seared into our soul. It was a day filled with shock, horror, sorrow, and righteous fury,” Trump said.

 



He remembered where he was when he heard about the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

 

 



I vividly remember when I first heard the news. I was sitting at home watching a major business television show. Jack Welch, the legendary head of General Electric, was about to be interviewed when all of a sudden, they cut away. At first, there were different reports. It was a boiler fire, but I knew that boilers aren’t at the top of a building. It was a kitchen explosion in Windows on the World. Nobody really knew what happened. There was great confusion.

I was looking out of a window from a building at midtown Manhattan directly at the World Trade Center when I saw a second plane at a tremendous speed go into the second tower. It was then that I realized the world was going to change. I was no longer going to be, and it could never ever be that innocent place that I thought it was. Soon after I went down to Ground Zero with men who worked for me to try and help in any little way that we could. We were not alone. So many others were scattered around trying to do the same. They were all trying to help.

But for the families who join us, this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss. It’s the day that has replayed in your memory a thousand times over – the last kiss, the last phone call, the last time hearing those precious words ‘I love you.’ Then the attack, the anguish of knowing your family member had boarded one of these flights or was working in the World Trade Center or serving right here at the Pentagon. You waited. You prayed. You answered that most dreaded call, and your life changed forever.

 

Trump said he and first lady Melania Trump are united in grief with the 9/11 families.



To each of you, the first lady and I are united with you in grief. We come here in the knowledge that we cannot erase the pain or reverse the evil of that dark and wretched day, but we offer you all that we have: our unwavering loyalty, our undying devotion, and our eternal pledge that your loved ones will never ever be forgotten. Eighteen years ago, the terrorists struck this citadel of power and American strength, but the enemy soon learned that they could not weaken the spirit of our people.

In times of distress, the heart of the American patriot only grows stronger and more determined. Even in the midst of the attack, the world witnessed the awesome power of American defiance. Forty passengers and crew on Flight 93 rose up, fought back and thwarted the enemy’s wicked plans. In their final moments, these American heroes thunderously declared that we alone decide our fate. We saw American perseverance in the valued New York firefighters, police officers, first responders, military and every day citizens, who raced into the crashing towers to rescue innocent people.

 

The president also honored the U.S. military and DHS.

“On this solemn day of remembrance, our thoughts also turn to the 200,000 valued soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines who are now at this very moment stationed overseas. We do not seek conflict, but if anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit, and that spirit is unbreakable,” he said.

Trump explained that he cancelled peace talks with the Taliban planned for Camp David, because the Taliban killed an American soldiers and 11 others.

“We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people. They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is unrelenting weakness,” the president said.

“The last four days we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue, and if for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before, and I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them,” he added.

 

On this solemn day of remembrance, our thoughts also turn to the 200,000 valued soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines who are now at this very moment stationed overseas. We do not seek conflict, but if anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit, and that spirit is unbreakable.

We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people. They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is unrelenting weakness. The last four days we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue, and if for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before, and I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them.

No enemy on earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill, and might of the American armed forces, and we have rebuilt and strengthened in the last two and a half years, spending $700 billion, $716 billion, and now just approve $738 billion – more money by far than ever spent on our armed force. You are the fearless sentinels who stand watch over all that we cherish and everything we hold sacred, priceless, and dear.

This morning, we also give thanks to the dedicated men and women at the Department of Homeland Security. Their department was created after 9/11 to help secure our immigration system and ensure that those who threaten our people are denied entry to our shores. We’re indebted to every law enforcement official – state, local, and federal – who devotes their life to keeping America safe.

 

 

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