The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump issues Taliban warning at Sept. 11 memorial

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump issues Taliban warning at Sept. 11 memorial
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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: World marks Sept. 11 | Trump issues warning to Taliban after canceled meeting | Sept. 11 oral history | Trump slams ‘phony’ poll showing five Dems beating him | Buttigieg, Klobuchar seated on same United flight



Trump threatens the Taliban: 

During this morning’s Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon, President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE issued a warning to the Taliban, acknowledging the canceled peace talks that broke down over the weekend.

On the Kabul attack that broke down the talks: “They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but what they actually showed is unrelenting weakness.” 


He also said:  “If for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before — and I’m not talking about nuclear power — they will never have seen anything like what will happen to them.”


It’s Wednesday, Sept. 11.  I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook.

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18 years ago today:


Journalist Garrett Graff has been tweeting quotes from the day as it unfolded. His Twitter account 

Here are a few:

Andy Card, chief of staff, White House: I remember literally telling him, ‘It should be an easy day.’ Those were the words. ‘It should be an easy day.’”

“American Airlines Flight 11 attendant Madeline ‘Amy’ Sweeney called a colleague in Boston. At 8:44 a.m., she said, ‘It is a rapid descent. Something is wrong. I don’t think the captain is in control. I see water. I see buildings. We’re flying low. We’re flying very, very low.’” 

“[Hijacker] Mohamed Atta accidentally calls air traffic control at 8:24 a.m. and announces, ‘We have some planes. Just stay quiet and we’ll be ok. We are returning to the airport’ … Boston air traffic controller Colin Scoggins: ‘Someone came to me and said that there was a hijack going on. We’d worked hijacks in the past, and they were usually uneventful.’”

This is worth readingGarrett Graff published a book yesterday, “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11” featuring interviews with 480 people who recall their memories from that day. The book on Amazon



At 8:46 a.m. at Union Station: A moment of silence was announced over the speaker system. Watch 

In New York: Here is a livestream of the ceremony in New York City this morning. The names of all of the victims were read: 

At the PentagonPresident Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate GOP, House Democrats begin battle over trillion bill Melania Trump announces plans to renovate White House Rose Garden MORE participated in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Livestream:

In Shanksville, PaVice President Pence participated in a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa. Livestream

FROM 2001:

President Bush’s address that night: Watch: 

Remember Sammy Sosa’s home run for the first home game after Sept. 11?: He ran around the bases with an American flag. Video:

And President Bush throwing the first pitch at the Yankee’s Game: Watch: 

On C-SPAN that morning before the news of the attacks: Here’s a screenshot of Rep. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat | White House pushed to release documents on projects expedited due to coronavirus | Trump faces another challenge to rewrite of bedrock environmental law NEPA White House pushed to release documents on projects expedited due to coronavirus House Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports MORE (D-Ore.) with a “Social Security lockbox” on the House floor (via C-SPANs Howard Mortman). Photo

Here is a photo of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 10, 2001


Long Island firefighter Michael Haub, who died on Sept. 11, 2001, was remembered yesterday after the New York City medical examiner identified more remains from ground zero.


Not happy and everyone shall know:

President Trump lashed out at a new Washington Post–ABC poll that shows five presidential candidates beating him in a potential match-up.

He tweeted: “In a hypothetical poll, done by one of the worst pollsters of them all, the Amazon Washington Post/ABC, which predicted I would lose to Crooked Hillary by 15 points (how did that work out?), Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas and virtually all others would beat me in the General Election. This is a phony suppression poll, meant to build up their Democrat partners. I haven’t even started campaigning yet, and am constantly fighting Fake News like Russia, Russia, Russia. Look at North Carolina last night. Dan Bishop, down big in the Polls, WINS. Easier than 2016!” Read his full tweets

Here’s the poll Trump is talking about

Timing: Trump sent these tweets minutes before participating in a moment of silence for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Off into the sunset:

President Trump fired national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement Ex-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon MORE yesterday, citing foreign policy disagreements between them. Here are five takeaways

  1. Trump chaos takes another turn
  2. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says he and Pentagon warned Russia against bounties on US troops in Afghanistan US blocking private charter flights to Cuba China's Confucius Institute designated as a foreign mission of Beijing MORE's strength grows
  3. Strange marriage ends
  4. GOP left explaining once again
  5. Bolton may not go quietly 

Reasoning for each

Op-ed on Bolton’s departure: “John Bolton's exit isn't a victory for our adversaries”


This morning — funding the government would be simply boring without the drama:

The Senate Appropriations Committee votes on two bills related to the Sept. 30 government funding deadline.

The two bills: The bills covered the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education, as well as the State Department and foreign operations.

Republicans say thanks but no thanks:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, House Republicans pour cold water on President Trump’s idea to extend term limits for committee chairmen and ranking members. 

Trump’s reasoning: As a way to stem the tide of retiring veteran lawmakers. 

Republicans’ reasoning — Rep. David JoyceDavid Patrick JoyceThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road GE cutting up to one-quarter of aviation unit's workers Boeing suspends Washington production, GE Aviation lays off thousands MORE (R-Ohio), a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, told The Hill: “We have the term limits in place for a reason: to make sure that we continue to turn over the leadership to, I wouldn’t say younger, but fresh ideas among other members, and to keep people interested in staying here. ... Otherwise, if members know they have to stay 20 to 30 years before they get a chance to be chairman, why would they do it?”

Keep in mind: This rule is an internal GOP rule. Democrats don’t have a limit in place.

The GOP limit now: Six years.


This is pretty funny:

Presidential candidates South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharElection security advocates see strong ally in Harris The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup MORE (D-Minn.) were on the same United Airlines flight yesterday. Klobuchar was seated one seat ahead of Buttigieg.





The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Pennsylvania. 

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participated in a Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon. 

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate held three confirmation votes.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

1:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceBiden pays his respects to John Lewis at the Capitol Trump will not visit Capitol to pay respects to civil rights icon John Lewis The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - High-ranking White House official tests positive MORE land in Washington, D.C.

2:45 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a series of votes. The Senate’s full schedule today 

3:30–4:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House’s full schedule today

8 p.m. EDT Thursday: The third Democratic presidential primary debate. Debate logistics and what to expect:


8:40 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participated in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. Livestream 

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the Flight 92 National Memorial ceremony in Pennsylvania. Livestream


Today is National Hot Cross Bun Day.

‘Tis the season — here’s a secret Starbucks drink to order:

Via Delish, “The Cinderella Latte is one of the most popular variations on the PSL. To make it, you order a Pumpkin Spice Latte and you swap out half of the pumps of pumpkin with pumps of white mocha. That's all!”

And because it’s a tough day for the country, here is something much lighter: a dog getting tucked into bed — and loving every second of it: