President Donald Trump's assertion that Ground Zero visited immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks is disputed by a former New York City fire chief who says he never & # 39; witness & # 39; is from the famous New Yorker.
Trump made the comment Monday during a signing ceremony for September 11 first responders.
& # 39; I was there too, but I don't consider myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time there with you & # 39 ;, he told those present at a White Garden Rose Garden event.
President Donald Trump was under attack for his September 11 claim after telling a group of respondents at the White House: & # 39; I was there too, but I don't consider myself a first responder & # 39;
Among those present, retired Deputy Head of the New York Fire Department was Richard Everything.
& # 39; I spent many months there myself and I never witnessed him, & # 39; Everything told the New York Times. & # 39; He was then a private individual. I don't know what role he could possibly have played. & # 39;
Everything spent decades in the FDNY and served as a battalion chief immediately after the September 11 attacks.
A New York Newsday reporter saw Trump there on September 14, 2001.
It describes how worn-out workers hardly looked up to notice Trump, & every hair in place and impeccably dressed in a black suit, pressed white shirt and red tie, with his cell phone against his ear walking into the square & # 39; , the account said.
Trump made his remarks when he H.R. 1327, a law that ensures that a compensation fund for victims in connection with the attacks of 11 September never runs out of money
Tol: First responders were present who were already diagnosed with diseases. Aid workers who worked at Ground Zero had more cancer and other diseases than the general population
A fiery blast swings the south tower of the World Trade Center while the hijacked United Airlines flight 175 from Boston bumps into the building in New York City on September 11, 2001
Trump said he & # 39; spend a lot of time & # 39; spent at Ground Zero
Trump spoke to the German media as a prominent real estate developer about the recovery, what should replace the World Trade Center and how the US should respond to the attacks.
& # 39; No no. The building has disappeared, & # 39; Trump is quoted & # 39 ;, which was quoted by the Washington Post. Trump also gave an interview German media that day.
Here he is asked if he would personally contribute to the recovery efforts and answers: & # 39; Well, I have a lot of men here now. We have more than 100 and about 125 coming. So we have a few hundred people here. & # 39;
Trump said he was there & # 39; many real estate & # 39; but fortunately that was not affected.
& # 39; I just went to what they & # 39; Ground Zero & # 39; I've never seen anything like it. the destruction. Human life wasted for no reason & # 39 ;, he says, adding that it is a & # 39; terrible scene & # 39; but that New York is a resilient city would soon be rebuilt, & # 39; he said, in a shot that smoldering ruins in the distance.
In the interview, he does not claim that he personally responded to Ground Zero or spent a lot of time there.
The interview appears to have been conducted on West Street near Ground Zero.
He also contradicted NBC News on September 13, 2001.
Trump said during the 2016 campaign: & everyone who helped clean up the mess – and I was there and I looked and I helped a little – but I want to tell you: those people were great. Clean up the rubble. I'm trying to find extra lives. You didn't know what would happen to us – and they handled it.
It is not entirely clear what Trump meant with a little help.
Trump has received warmth in the past for another comment he made after the attacks that referred to an office building he owns.
& # 39; 40 Wall Street was actually the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan and it was actually the tallest before the World Trade Center – and when the World Trade Center was built, it became known as the second tallest , & # 39; Mr. Said Trump. & # 39; And now it's the longest. & # 39;
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