Donald Trump marked the 18th anniversary of the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history that took nearly 3,000 lives by making the day all about himself on Twitter. And just days after Trump invited leaders of the Taliban to make nice with him at Camp David, he gave a speech at the 9/11 remembrance commemorations Wednesday and announced that he will hit the Taliban “harder” than ever. After the former reality show star was elected, irony died a swift death.
While speaking at a ceremony at the Pentagon to mark the solemn occasion of the terrorist attacks, Trump said that over “the last four days” U.S. forces have “hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue.” Trump added that the assault was ordered after he canceled his meeting with the Taliban over the weekend in retaliation for a bomb attack that killed one U.S. soldier last week, according to Yahoo! News.
“If for any reason they come back to our country, we will…use power the likes of which the United States has never used before, and I’m not even talking about nuclear power.”
President Trump brings up his cancelled peace talks with the Taliban on the anniversary of 9/11. pic.twitter.com/FBZuiIZIxl
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 11, 2019
There was a backlash from both sides of the aisle after it became known that the president was going to meet with the Taliban leaders on the week of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
It was a jaw-dropping moment that, of course, involved Trump’s massive ego.
Holy shit. Peace talks between the US and the Taliban ended because the terms of the *announcement* wouldn’t allow Trump to take full credit.
Quite possibly the most dangerous ego in American history. pic.twitter.com/jQ3vVVhv62
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 10, 2019
Even though Trump had declared on Monday that “over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!” that’s not exactly true since US troop levels in Afghanistan are only around 14,000, which is only a fraction of the peak of about 100,000 in 2010.
Trump gave his bizarre tough-guy remarks today likely because he was shamed by both parties after inviting the Taliban to Camp David. The Taliban, by the way, has never condemned the attacks on our country.
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