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Trump Begins 9/11 Anniversary By Tweeting About Russia Investigation



Many were confused on Tuesday morning after President Donald Trump began his day lamenting the continued Russia investigation, which preceded other tweets commemorating the solemn and somber anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history.

Trump’s first tweet on Tuesday focused not on the events of September 11, but instead quoted Sara Carter, a Fox News contributor who spoke to host Lou Dobbs in a television interview earlier in the week about the special counsel investigation.

“We have found nothing to show collusion between President Trump & Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we get more documentation showing collusion between the FBI & DOJ, the Hillary campaign, foreign spies & Russians, incredible,” Trump wrote in his tweet, quoting Carter.

Carter’s commentary contradicts a lot of what we know about the Russia inquiry, which is being led by former FBI Director and current special counsel Robert Mueller. Beyond that, however, many social media users took issue with Trump’s disregard for the day of remembrance in favor of writing about something so divisive and political.

Trump did eventually make another tweet about the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, which claimed around 3,000 lives in 2001, but for many his tweet was too little, too late. Several users online chastised the president for his decision to continue using divisive rhetoric on a day general seen as unifying, and for showing disrespect for the deceased while doing so.

Trump did quote a tweet by Dan Scavino Jr., assistant to the president, who shared images of Trump signing a proclamation declaring today “Patriot’s Day.”

“Today, we honor the memories of the souls we lost on September 11, 2001, and pay tribute to all of the patriots who have sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom,” Trump wrote in the document. In his tweet sharing Scavino’s post, Trump offered very little commentary, simply writing #NeverForget and #September11th.

The president sent out a few other tweets commemorating the occasion of the events of September 11, 2001, including one tweet in which he recognized his current lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a “true warrior” for his service as New York City mayor on that day, as well as another tweet that simply stated the anniversary.

He also continued to attack the Russia investigation by issuing two other tweets, one chastising former FBI agent Peter Strzok and another comparing the leadership style of current Attorney General Jeff Sessions to former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served under former President Barack Obama.

Later today, Trump plans to attend an event commemorating the anniversary in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Featured image credit: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr, CC BY 2.0





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