You may have seen this before, but I thought it was the appropriate time to revisit.
This is a younger Donald J. Trump, 18 years ago, at ground zero just two days after 9/11.
“I have hundreds of men working inside right now, they’ve never seen anything like this. They’re hard workers, but no one has ever seen anything like this.”
From the USA Today:
President Donald Trump honored thousands that died as a result of the Sept. 11 terror attacks during remarks at the Pentagon Wednesday.
But the president also didn't miss a chance to again claim he helped in the aftermath of the terror attacks at ground zero.
"I was looking out of a window from a building at Midtown Manhattan directly at the World Trade Center when I saw a second plane at a tremendous speed go into the second tower. It was then that I realized the world was going to change. I was no longer going to be, and it could never, ever be that innocent place that I thought it was," Trump said.
"Soon after, I went down to Ground Zero with men who worked for me to try to help in any little way that we could," he continued. "We were not alone. So many others were scattered around trying to do the same. They were all trying to help."
Trump has made several versions of this claim in the past but there is a lack of evidence that Trump helped or hired people to help on the days following the terrorist attack.
Richard Alles, who was the New York Fire Department battalion chief during the Sept. 11 attack, has repeatedly said that he does not remember Trump having a presence at ground zero.
During an interview with the New York Times, Alles said that despite spending several months at the ground zero site, he "never witnessed" Trump there.
"He was a private citizen at the time. I don’t know what kind of role he could have possibly played," Alles told the Times in July.
There are, however, a couple of photos and interviews that show Trump near ground zero days after the attacks.
Hundreds assembled at ground zero in New York on Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the country. (Sept. 11) AP, AP
Trump was several blocks from ground zero just two days after the attack, where he did an interview with a German news station. In the interview, the business mogul then asserted that he had "a lot of men down" there.
"We have over 100, another 125 coming," he said at the time.
There is also an image of Trump outside the New York Stock Exchangeon Sept. 18, 2001, a week from the attacks.