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Biden praises Bush’s 9/11 speech, calls for national unity in Pennsylvania fire station shutdown

After a wreath laying ceremony for the victims of United Airlines Flight 93, President Joe Biden greeted first responders at a fire station in Shanksville, Pa., Where a memorial recognized the 40 passengers and crew. who avoided untold devastation by battling control of the plane and crashing into a nearby field on September 11, 2001.

It was the second of three memorials to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The president traveled to New York for a service at the World Trade Center towers site on Saturday morning before heading to Pennsylvania. He returned to Washington DC for a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon.

“These memorials are really important. But they are also incredibly difficult for those involved, because it brings back the moment when they received the phone call, it brings back the moment when they received the news, no matter how many years have passed, “said president in Pennsylvania, according to reports from the White House pool.

Mr Biden praised previous remarks by former Republican President George W Bush, whose speech in Shanksville called for national unity, which Mr.

“I think President Bush gave a very good speech today. A really good talk about who we are, ”Biden said. “The core of who we are is not divided.”

It’s an issue Mr Biden has invoked throughout his campaign, promising to unite the nation after Donald Trump’s undemocratic threats, and in the White House, where he launched the United States into an existential battle. to defend democracy and human rights.

“Are we going – in the next four, five, six, ten years – to demonstrate that democracies can work or not? the president said on Saturday. “In fact, we can again set an example of our power. “

Mr Biden said that “a number of serious Republicans in the past and a few who are still around call me up and say, ‘What can I do to help? “”

He also criticized “the stuff coming out of Florida,” where Gov. Ron DeSantis has sought to ban mask warrants and politicize the response to the coronavirus pandemic, as Mr Biden’s administration ramps up needs in vaccines. And the president berated the former president, not by name, for his comments suggesting that Confederate War General Robert E Lee “had been in Afghanistan, we would have won.”

“They think it makes sense for us to be in this kind of thing where you are driving down the street and someone has a sign that says’ F so and so? “” Mr. Biden said.

While Mr Trump spent the anniversary of the attacks criticizing his predecessor for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Mr Biden defended his administration’s response and pledged to end the country’s longest war. country, as the United States reflects on the first anniversary of 9/11 without it.

“Could Al Qaeda come back? Yeah, ”Mr. Biden said. “But guess what, it’s already back [in] other places. What is the strategy? Wherever al-Qaeda is, are we going to invade it and leave troops there? Let’s go. “

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