Former President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE made surprise visits to New York City police and fire stations on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, offering brief remarks and posing for pictures as he greeted first responders.
Trump, who did not join President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE or a number of his predecessors at any of the memorial ceremonies held at the sites of the devastating plane attacks Saturday, stopped in at a New York City Police Department station in Manhattan to speak to a group of officers he called “incredible people.”
“What an incredible job you do,” he said. “I grew up with you, and you are New York’s finest.”
The former president went on to praise the Police Benevolent Association, the city’s largest police union, which in the months ahead of the November 2020 election backed Trump, breaking a long-standing tradition of not issuing presidential endorsements.
“First time they’ve ever endorsed a candidate for president,” Trump said Saturday. “And it’s a great honor.”
“Having that endorsement meant more to me than anything, so I really appreciate it,” he added.
Former US President Donald Trump is asked by an NYPD officer whether he might consider running for office again.— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 11, 2021
"We're not supposed to be talking about it yet... But I think you're going to be happy," he replies.
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“I know what I’m going to do,” he told police officers, adding, “I think you’re going to be happy.”
Trump, who told Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMichael Cohen: Trump bluffing about another White House bid 90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive The Memo: California recall exposes the limit of Trump's GOP MORE in July that he had made a decision on whether to run again, explained Saturday that he could not yet reveal his plans, citing restrictions from campaign finance laws.
Videos and photos circulated on social media also showed Trump greeting a group of cheering firefighters at a New York City Fire Department station, with some gathering around the former president to pose for pictures.
The visits, which were not previously announced to the public, come after Trump released a two-minute video Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in which he blasted the Biden administration for its handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“This is the 20th year of this war and should have been a year of victory and honor and strength,” Trump said in the video shared by his Save America PAC.
“Instead, Joe Biden and his inept administration surrendered in defeat,” argued Trump, who himself long advocated for a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden as well as former Presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush each participated in at least one of the memorial services Saturday held in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.
Bush, who was president at the time of the terror attacks, said in an address from Shanksville on Saturday that the soldiers who participated in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan over the past two decades “have been the face of hope and mercy in dark places.”
“Nothing that has followed, nothing, can tarnish your honor or diminish your accomplishments,” he added.