As President of the United States, Donald Trump has an army of advisors making sure he doesn’t put a foot wrong when it comes to addressing the public.
Unfortunately, Trump hasn’t always been so diplomatic and discreet, with his history of bizarre comments and outrageous conspiracies surrounding the September 11 attacks coming back to haunt him.
Known for his controversial opinions, Trump’s tweet in 2013 drew hordes of criticism, unable to resist having a dig at “haters and losers” on what he called a “special” date.
“I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th,” he tweeted.
“@realDonaldTrump: I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2013
Trump’s behaviour in the immediate aftermath of the devastating attacks in 2001 was even more controversial.
In a recording that has again gone viral, the then-real estate mogul spoke to radio station WWOR hours after the attack, bragging how his building, 40 Wall Street, was now the tallest in New York.
“Well, it was an amazing phone call I made, 40 Wall Street was the second tallest building in Downtown Manhattan, and it was actually – before the World Trade Center – was the tallest, ” Trump is heard saying.
“And then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”
In 2015, the then-presidential candidate also made claims that he watched as “thousands of people” cheered as the World Trade Centre came down.
Trump later claimed the cheers were from “large Arab populations” in the New Jersey area, however this was denied by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who said: “No one in Jersey City cheered on Sept. 11. We were actually among the first to provide responders to help in lower Manhattan.”
Either @realDonaldTrump has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) November 22, 2015
Trump also claims to have predicted the terrorist attacks, making the claim as he spruiked his book The America We Deserve in 2011.
I predicted the 9/11 attack on America in my book "The America We Deserve" and the collapse of Iraq in @TimeToGetTough.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2011