President Donald Trump began the 17th anniversary of the most lethal international terrorist attack in the history of the United States. UU With a tweet about your internal political enemies.
He was outraged by a new development in the investigation of a high-ranking FBI agent caught conspiring with his mistress to help secure his defeat in 2016.
A text message revealed Monday night by a Republican congressman shows Peter Strzok telling Lisa Page in April 2017 that they should collaborate on a "media filtering strategy."
So while preparing to visit the sacred ground of Pennsylvania where 40 passengers and crew died while preventing a hijacked plane from reaching Washington, DC, the president summoned a paid of his favorite television commentators to start his favorite political hardball game .
"We have not found anything that shows the collusion between President Trump and Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we have more documentation showing the collusion between the FBI and the Department of Justice, the Hillary campaign, foreign and Russian spies, incredible" , Trump wrote, paraphrasing the words of Fox Business Network presenter Lou Dobbs and journalist Sara Carter.
Four minutes later, September 11 was back in his mind, but just long enough to retweet a photo that his social media manager circulated, showing him signing an announcement of "Patriots' Day". one day before.
& # 39; #NeverForget # September 11 & # 39; added the president, contributing two hashtags but little else to alleviate the annual US duel.
When he returned to his 9/11 consciousness stream before leaving the White House for a memorial service in Pennsylvania, he found a way to bring the terrorist attacks to his own administration by praising his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of the city of NY. when 2,996 people perished.
"Rudy Giuliani did a GREAT job as mayor of New York during the period of September 11. His leadership, courage and skill should never be forgotten, Rudy is a TRUE WARRIOR!" Trump tweeted.
But among his notes on the nation's Islamist bombing, he found a moment to put Strozk's text message on the radar of the country.
& # 39; New Strzok-Page texts reveal the & # 39; Media leak strategy & # 39;, & # 39; He marveled, citing a Fox News Channel report.
"So terrible, and NOTHING is being done in the DOJ or the FBI, but the world is watching and they get it completely."
The president also quoted Dobbs as saying that the Obama-era attorney general, Eric Holder, could be running the Justice Department at this time and he would not be behaving differently than he is.
In the explosive text message quoted on Monday in a letter to the FBI from Republican North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, Strzok wrote to Lisa Page: "I had literally gone to get this phone to tell you I wanted to talk to you about media filtration strategy with DOJ before you go & # 39;
In the context of his usual political confusion, Trump went to Shanksville, PA along with the first lady.
The White House told reporters that the "bad weather" had forced the president to travel to Joint Base Andrews through a caravan instead of a helicopter, denying the press the opportunity to ask him questions about the South Lawn.
The sky above 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was cloudy but the air was dry.
Shanksville is where the hijackers crashed a commercial plane bound for California on September 11, 2001, after the 40 passengers and crew members knew what was happening and tried to regain control of the plane. All those who were on board were killed.
About 3,000 people died on September 11 when other planes flew to the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in an attack planned by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Almost a decade later, Bin Laden was killed in May 2011 during a US military operation. UU Ordered by President Barack Obama.
Visitors to Flight 93 National Monument in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, participate in a memorial service at dusk on Monday, September 10, 2018, as the nation celebrates the 17th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar)
Trump, a native of New York who makes his first visit as president to the Shanksville site, will focus on honoring the many lives that were lost that day.
"Certainly, the focus will be on remembering that awful day and remembering the lives that were lost, and certainly on honoring the people who not only missed that day, but will also risk their lives to help in that process," she said. White House. said Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump observed the solemn anniversary for the first time as president last year. He and the first lady led a moment of silence at the White House accompanied by assistants and administration officials at the exact moment when the hijackers flew the first of two planes to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
The president also participated in the Pentagon's celebration on September 11 last year. Vice President Mike Pence will represent the administration there on Tuesday.
Trump was in his Trump Tower penthouse, 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the World Trade Center, during the 2001 attacks. He has a mixed history with September 11, often using terrorist attacks to praise the response of New Yorkers to attack, but also making unsubstantiated claims about what he did and saw that day. He also accused his Republican colleague George W. Bush, who was president on September 11, of failing to protect Americans.
Trump said in speaking of the Muslims that "thousands of people were applauding" in Jersey City, New Jersey, located across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, when the towers collapsed. There is no evidence in the news archives of mass celebrations there by Muslims.
Trump has also said he lost "hundreds of friends" in the attack on New York City. He has not provided any names, but has mentioned meeting a Roman Catholic priest who died while serving as chaplain to the city's fire department.