Standing near where a hijacked airliner nose-dived into the Pentagon 16 years ago, President Trump comemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Monday in a solemn tribute to the victims, the first responders and the nation.
“On that day, not only did the world change, but we all changed,” he said. “Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face. But in that hour of darkness, we also came together with renewed purpose. Our differences never looked so small, our common bonds never felt so strong.”
It was one of scores of solemn ceremonies Monday marking the Al Qaeda attacks that claimed 2,977 lives and wounded thousands more when hijacked aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania.
Pope Francis has urged President Trump to reconsider revoking DACA if he considers himself a true "pro-lifer."
Speaking to reporters as he flew back to Rome after several days in Colombia, Francis said late Sunday that Trump's decision to end legal protections for people brought to the country illegally as children would split families, "the cradle of life."
"I have heard the president of the United States speak," the pope said, according to news accounts. "He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity."
President Trump on Monday was presiding over his first 9/11 commemoration in office, a solemn and nonpartisan occasion in which he was joined by First Lady Melania Trump.
The Trumps observed a moment of silence at the White House in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa.
The morning remembrance was scheduled for about the time the first plane struck one of the Twin Towers on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, left the White House last month vowing to support the man he helped get into the Oval Office and to savage those he saw as blocking Trump’s way.
It is a long, long list.
In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Bannon exacted revenge on a host of people, both Trump supporters and advisors as well as outsiders who never warmed to the president during last year's campaign.
In his first extended interview since returning to the Senate after treatment for brain cancer, Sen. John McCain was his traditionally cantankerous self on Sunday, criticizing President Trump and other Republicans on issues such as illegal immigration and climate change, and calling for more bipartisanship to solve the nation’s problems.
In the latter, he did not include the president’s deal last week with Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York. McCain criticized Trump for ignoring the desires of Republican leaders and said the deal, which extended the debt ceiling and government funding until Dec. 8 and approved $15 billion in hurricane relief, locked in place “unconscionable” past cuts in military spending.
“The agreement that they made is basically devastating to national defense,” the Arizona Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He blamed recent accidents involving Navy ships — including one named after his father and grandfather, both celebrated admirals — on a lack of training and readiness caused by the spending cuts.
When President Trump convened congressional leaders this week to negotiate disaster aid and avert a month-end fiscal crisis, the Oval Office conversation quickly turned to what Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called “the currency of the realm”: votes.
Republican leaders wanted to avoid a short-term accord, and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin argued that financial markets would prefer a deal to push the next deadline out 18 months, past the midterm election. At every step in the negotiation, Pelosi raised a simple question: Do Republicans have the votes?
Pelosi, perhaps the most skilled vote-counter in Congress, knew they did not. Back and forth it went until Trump cut off debate, stunning all sides by agreeing with Democrats on a stopgap measure to fund the government and lift the nation’s borrowing limit only until Dec. 8, and provide Hurricane Harvey aid.
The Trump administration on Friday pressed close ally Kuwait to stop employing North Korean workers in its oil fields, and to do more to defuse the crisis between Qatar and its neighbors.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after meetings with senior Kuwaiti officials, said the U.S. and Kuwait would take new steps to resolve a three-month-old dispute that pits a Saudi-led coalition, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, against Qatar over its alleged support for terrorist groups and Iran.
Kuwait has been serving as mediator, with U.S. backing, but without results thus far.