Presidential or not: What do you think about Donald Trump's responses to 9/11?

Presidential or not: What do you think about Donald Trump's responses to 9/11?

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As a native New Yorker, Donald Trump has never shied away from commenting on the events of 9/11. A lifelong real estate tycoon, Trump has weighed in on everything from the material used in the Twin Towers to consistently criticizing the resultant war in Afghanistan. From his Manhattan offices, he was closer to the tragedy than any Commander in Chief before him. But has that proximity given him a deeper insight into the events or is he just tacky?

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First Lady Melania Trump posted a photo of the president, looking very dignified, saluting Marines to start the 17th anniversary of 9/11. 

On September 11, 2001, however, the president's tone was very different. Trump called into a news show to talk about the events as they were unfolding, per the Washington Post

A little more than a minute later, Marcus asked whether Trump’s 40 Wall Street building had suffered any damage. Before getting into his response about his Financial District property, the businessman had something he wanted on the record.
“40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second tallest,” Trump said in the WWOR interview. “And now it’s the tallest.”
Blackmon told The Post late Monday that Trump’s response left her baffled.
“[Marcus] dialed him up, and that’s when [Trump] gave the answer he did, which stunned us at the time,” Blackmon said to The Post. “Any reaction I had, in the midst of everything that was happening, was, wow, that’s insensitive. It just was.”

The president spoke to service members at a memorial for those who died on Flight 93, noting their courage and sacrifice for their nation.

The president was not as gracious in 2001, telling reporters he had seen thousands of New Jersey Muslims celebrating in the streets as the towers collapsed, despite no evidence the event ever happened. The Washington Post had a transcript of a resultant conversation with reporter George Stephanopoulos: 

TRUMP: “It did happen. I saw it.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “You saw that…”
TRUMP: It was on television. I saw it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: “…with your own eyes?”
TRUMP: “George, it did happen.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “Police say it didn’t happen.”
TRUMP: “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”

As president, Trump posted a solemn photo of himself with service members on the White House lawn. 

Before the memorial service, the president greeted service members at the airport. Per The Cut

Shortly after, Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, arrived at an airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. They were en route to visit the Shanksville memorial site of United Flight 93. But upon arrival, the president had a rather … odd … reaction: he was photographed emphatically pumping both of his fists.
Immediately after the fist pump, Trump and the First Lady appeared to be having a great time greeting supporters at the airport.
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