Biden honors 9/11 victims:
“We know unity can never be broken,” Biden said in a six-minute video shot at the White House. “Unity is our greatest strength in the struggle for America, in all our vulnerabilities, in all that makes us human.”
Biden on Saturday in New York City, Shanksville, PA, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attack. And Pentagon – ready to visit three sites where planes crashed. The president, who lays flowers and pays tribute to those who lost their lives, did not comment on any of the three events.
White House Press Secretary Jen Saki said none of the events had a “long talk program” so the president was delivering a message ahead of the anniversary.
“Unity does not mean we have to believe in one thing,” Biden said in a clear reference to the country’s political divisions. “But we must have fundamentally respectful trust in each other and in this country.”
Biden joins former President George W. Bush as Commander-in-Chief during the 2001 terrorist attacks in Shanksville, while former President Barack Obama attends a memorial service in Ground Zero, New York.
Nearly 3,000 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.
The anniversary comes a week after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending 20 years of occupation that began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Biden’s visit comes in the wake of a tumultuous and deadly withdrawal of U.S. troops late last month after the Taliban quickly overtook Afghan government forces. In the last days, there has been a terrorist attack that has killed 13 U.S. service members and at least 169 Afghan civilians.
Earlier this month, Biden signed an executive order directing the Justice Department and other federal agencies to meet the demands of the families of victims before the 20-year anniversary of the release of sensitive information related to the 9/11 attacks.
Relatives of Americans who died in 9/11 have spent years pushing successive administrations to release classified information that could expose Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks. Some even said they did not want to attend any memorial services unless Biden went ahead to release the long-sought documents.
The president’s visit followed in the footsteps of his former boss, former President Barack Obama, who also paid tribute to three 9/11 sites on the occasion of his 10th anniversary in 2011. As a presidential candidate last year, Biden visited the Shanksville monument. Anniversary of the attacks.