Videos Show Trump’s Response Right After 9/11

September 11, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017

Several videos show Donald Trump responding to the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.

Trump, who owns properties and has a home in New York City, gave several TV interviews near ground zero.

A German reporter asked him a question about whether he had interests in Lower Manhattan.

“I just went to what they call ground zero. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “The devastation, the human life that’s been just wasted for no reason whatsoever. It’s a terrible scene.”



“New Yorkers,” he added, “are very strong and very resilient, and they’ll rebuild very quickly.”

The United States, he said at the time, needed to “respond quickly and effectively” to deal with the perpetrators of the attack.

“There is no other choice,” he said, adding that New York needs to rebuild in a way that’s “just as majestic as the World Trade Center.”

Trump said that he had “a lot of men down here right now” to deal with the recovery efforts, adding that “they’re very brave and they’re amazing.”

On Monday Trump commemorated 9/11 at the Pentagon and the White House alongside first lady Melania Trump. They observed a moment of silence for the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks—when hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon, and into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

From left National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House during a memorial service for the 9/11 terrorist attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House during a memorial service for the 9/11 terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2017.  (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House marking the September 11 attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000. Also pictured is Gary Cohn (L), Director of the National Economic Council. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attend a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House marking the Sept. 11 attacks Sept. 11, 2017 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, flanked by White House staff, place their hands over their hearts on the South Lawn of the White House during the playing of "Taps" at a ceremony marking the September 11 attacks September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today marks the 16th anniversary of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and wounded another 6,000. Also pictured are Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd L) and Jared Kushner (L). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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