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September 13, 2017

President Trump in his own words called the Pentagon ceremony an "extraordinary" occasion, saying, "16 years after the attacks, we are one country and when we face hardship we emerge closer, stronger and more determined than ever".

President Trump observed the solemn anniversary Monday of the 9/11 terror attacks at a ceremony at the Pentagon, paying tribute to the almost 3,000 Americans killed that day and pledging unshaken resolve in the ongoing fight against radical Islamic terrorism.

Moments of silence were held for the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijackers crashed planes into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Trump also blamed former Democratic president Bill Clinton for not killing bin Laden "when he had the chance" and said that Bush "had the chance, also, and he didn't listen to the advice of his Central Intelligence Agency".

Vice President Mike Pence will represent the administration at a ceremony at a memorial near Shanksville.

Defence Secretary James Mattis and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are also due to host a private ceremony at the Pentagon for relatives of the victims.

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In a local radio interview, Trump said that if he were president he'd be taking "a very, very tough line" but he drew no conclusions about who perpetrated the assault on American soil. He also made false or exaggerated statements during the interview, including claiming that he witnessed people jumping to their deaths - even though the World Trade Center was more than four miles away from Trump Tower.

Trump vowed that his home city's spirit would not be broken. They then bowed their heads and stood silently before placing their hands on their hearts as a bugler played taps.

Trump has a checkered history with 9/11.

No act of terror will ever change who we are.

"When America is united, no force on earth can break us apart", Trump added.

He has also criticized President George W. Bush's handling of the attacks and has accused the former president of failing in his duty to keep Americans safe. There is no evidence in news archives of mass celebrations there by Muslims.

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