Notably absent from the 9/11 memorial ceremonies on Saturday was former President Donald J. Trump, a local New Yorker who constructed a lot of his political model within the divisive aftermath of the assaults. Mr. Trump was in New York City, his spokeswoman stated, however was not planning to go to floor zero.
“He had the option to attend but decided to honor the day with different stops,” his spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, stated.
President Biden, former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton all attended the somber name-reading ceremony in Lower Manhattan. Former President George W. Bush spoke at a memorial close to Shanksville, Pa., the place Mr. Biden attended a wreath-laying ceremony.
But as an alternative of showing at one of many ceremonies, Mr. Trump launched a sequence of aggressive statements that criticized Mr. Biden’s dealing with of the troop pullout in Afghanistan and praised his allies, together with Rudolph W. Giuliani, his private lawyer and the mayor of New York on the day of the Sept. 11 assaults.
Lee Cochran, a spokeswoman for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, confirmed that Mr. Trump had been given the identical details about the ceremony as the opposite present and former presidents who did attend.
“You would have to ask Trump’s team about their decision, but he did not attend today’s commemoration,” Ms. Cochran stated.
Mr. Trump spoke at a police precinct and a firehouse in Manhattan, reviving his criticism in opposition to Mr. Biden’s selections in Afghanistan and delivering his ordinary marketing campaign fare about crime in cities led by Democrats.
At the hearth station Mr. Trump visited, Engine eight in TriBeCa, one firefighter in uniform wore a Make America Great Again hat as he posed beside the previous president. A Fire Department spokesman, Jim Long, stated that sporting clothes with political messaging whereas on responsibility was in opposition to division guidelines and that the infraction “will be addressed.” He didn’t elaborate.
Mr. Trump was additionally anticipated to just about tackle Let Us Worship, an evangelical occasion at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., round 6:50 p.m., Ms. Harrington stated. And he was set to offer commentary for a pay-per-view boxing match in Hollywood, Fla.
“I love great fighters and great fights,” Mr. Trump stated in a information launch for the occasion. “I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside.”
Mr. Trump has claimed that he spent in depth time with emergency staff within the aftermath of the assaults, however the staff have stated that declare is exaggerated.
Andy Newman contributed reporting.