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Trump Says His Policy Would Have Kept 9/11 Attackers Out

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Donald Trump gestures as he addresses reporters next to a model of the proposed World Trade Center known as the Twin Towers II on May 18, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By    |   Friday, 09 Sep 2016 04:42 PM

Fifteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has used the attacks as part of his political arsenal. On Sept. 8, he told The Columbus Dispatch that he would have captured terror leader Osama bin Laden earlier, and "I would've been tougher on terrorism."

In August, Politico reported that Trump said, "Those people that knocked down the World Trade Center most likely under the Trump policy wouldn't have been here to knock down the World Trade Center."

The native New Yorker's discussion of 9/11 has changed over the years since the attacks, according to NBC News.

The report said that Trump has been "all over the map" about the attacks, and he suggested that how Trump discusses the attacks are an example of how he would act as president.

"How Trump speaks about 9/11 is uniquely illustrative. It's a window into the way a businessman who has never held elected office or served in the military would view devastating attacks on the nation, a suggestion of what his priorities would be, and he'd lead amid a similar tragedy," the report said.

The NBC News report then featured quotes that Trump has made about 9/11.

In 2001, two days after the attacks, during an appearance at Ground Zero, Trump said, "New York is strong and resilient and they'll rebuild quickly."

In that interview, Trump called for the U.S. to strike back against the attackers, then rebuild.

"Secondarily and less importantly, we have to rebuild in some form in a way that will be just as majestic as the World Trade Center," Trump said.

Trump promised to be part of the rebuilding, but exited when the proposed design that he backed was rejected. In 2005, he slammed the rebuilding plan that was approved over his. He appeared with a model of how his plan would have looked, the same as the original towers, but "slightly taller and stronger," the NBC report said.

Trump rebuked the plans, telling MSNBC's Chris Matthews, "I'd rather have nothing than what they're building. It's a terrible design . . . it's a disgusting design that we're going to have to live with for many, many years in New York."

On the anniversary of 9/11 in 2013, Trump referenced his critics in a tweet:

 

 


Once he became a Republican presidential candidate, his rhetoric on the topic ramped up. In November 2015, he said he saw Muslims celebrating the fall of the towers.

"I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down," Trump said.

He then rebuked ABC News host George Stephanopolous for reminding Trump that police had said that did not happen.

"I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it." Trump said the cheering by Muslims was "well-covered at the time," but reporters and local and city authorities found no evidence of it.

In February 2016, Trump blamed the president at the time of the attacks, George W. Bush.

"He kept us safe? That is not safe," Trump said during a primary debate.

Trump said that previous president Bill Clinton shared in the blame: "The World Trade Center came down because Bill Clinton didn't kill Osama bin Laden when he had the chance to kill him."

He then said that he lost "hundreds of friends" in the attacks. When The Daily Beast asked, Trump refused to name any.

He praised "New York values" for the recovery after 9/11, after his then-opponent Ted Cruz used the phrase as a derogatory term.

"In our darkest moments, as a city, we showed the world the very, very best in terms of bravery and heart and soul that we have in America," Trump said.

Trump visited the 9/11 Memorial during the New York primaries. Trump has said he has given to 9/11 charities, but reporters have struggled to find records that back up that claim, according to NBC News.

ABC News reported on the whereabouts of Trump and his opponent Hillary Clinton on Sept. 11, 2001.

Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate was in Washington, D.C. as one of New York's senators. She toured the wreckage with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sept. 12.

Trump has said he was in his apartment overlooking the World Trade Center, and saw the second plane come in.

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