tv Americas Newsroom With Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith FOX News September 11, 2018 6:00am-9:00am PDT
>> bill: president trump and the first lady are en route to a memorial service in shanksville, pennsylvania where flight 93 went down. a special day there and we'll explain why. vice president mike pence marks the day at the pentagon and here in new york city as you've been watching and listening there are thousands gathering yet again in lower manhattan in ground zero. the president and first lady arriving on the ground in shanksville, p.a. >> sandra: the president and first lady on the ground in shanksville. this is a day, bill, we have
had to relive now. the 17th year we look back at that day that changed america and the president and the first lady will be paying their respects on the ground there in pennsylvania. as we continue to hear the names of those victims read aloud in lower manhattan at ground zero. >> bill: as you may remember at home or in the office or listening on your mobile device today, you may know the moment in time 8:46 a.m. flight 11 crashes into the north tower. in one moment united flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the world trade center. this was the moment for most people it was an unusual moment. as we await the moment of silence on a crystal clear day in the northeast 17 years ago this morning. >> sandra: the president departed d.c. to attend a
>> sandra: familiar faces you saw on the ground there. ambassador nikki haley, the governor of new york andrew cuomo. on the ground eric shawn is standing by in lower manhattan. eric, this was a day you will never forget for sure. you were there as this was all unfolding. >> yeah, that's right. the first plane flight 11 flew right over my head as it made the turn crabbing to the right heading to the world trade center and i was down here. it has been 17 years but every day and every morning it seems as if actually not one day has gone by. we're again gathered here for the solemn and somber ceremony of the loved ones, family members, officials. you mentioned nikki haley and
former mayor rudy giuliani is in the crowd and led the city so spectacularly that day. all remembering the people killed here. we've had two moments of silence. the one at 8:46 and 9:03 marking when the two towers were hit. there will be more when the two towers fell and the calling of the names will continue and the haunting reminder of the toll taken by radical islamic terrorism. are we safer today do you think? >> i think we are because of the work that's done and it can't just stop with a personalities involved now. we all get along very well. even after we're gone we have to make sure that continues. that's the only way we'll continue to make this city safe. >> one legacy of what happened here is the increasing number of first responders who have fallen ill from the dust from those towers. cancers are on the rise, so far
officials say 8,000 people have been diagnosed with cancers linked to 9/11 and so far the death toll stands at 1,700 people who have died from those cancers including 338 police officers and firefighters and 15 f.b.i. agents. >> what you will see down the road as time goes on, you know, exponentially you'll see more and more 9/11 responders and survivors develop these diseases and illnesses related to the exposure down there. >> it is a day of remembrance and a reminder of the threat that still exists. sandra. >> sandra: eric shawn in lower manhattan for us. thank you. >> bill: when the names are read every year at 8:46 eastern time the one name on the top of every list every year is a gentleman by the name of gordon aamoth junior. he gets is distinction of the
alphabetical order but it is he from ground zero the name we hear, number one, first in line, 17 years in a row. molly line meanwhile is west. she is in shanksville, pennsylvania, a special moment there today. they'll unveil a new memorial in shanksville where the president and melania arrived a moment ago. welcome to you there. >> president trump and first lady melania have landed and expected to join the hundreds of people streaming in throughout the morning at the flight 93 national memorial site to remember the brave passengers and crew who fought back against the terrorists on 9/11. they're remembered as heroes losing their lives in the struggle against the hijackers, their plane crashing in a field of honor near shanksville. they saved an unknown number of
people. ed lost his cousin who was a crew member. >> the people who believe in the terrorist philosophy believe in it and are willing to die for it. the people on flight 93 their cause was life. >> their remarkable courage is remembered today. over the weekend the tower of voices was unveiled and dedicated to those folks. that's the latest memorial, part of this overall site that was unveiled. the memorial here is expected to start at 9:30 this morning. the president expected to speak at about 10:30. >> bill: thank you. we'll be in contact with you throughout the morning and afternoon there in shanksville. the timeline is remarkable. the events and how fast things were unfolding. 9:05 president bush is in
sarasota, florida and interrupted by andy card. this is just 17, 18, 19 minutes in. the imagination reeled at that moment trying to figure out what what's happening, where, why. 9:21 all bridges and tunnels in manhattan are closed. 9:24, faa notifies all flights about suspected hijacking of american airlines flight 77. we as a country were in hyper drive to try to figure out what was happening. and what could possibly happen next. >> sandra: and we want to head over to the pentagon now where in a short time from now we'll be remembering the moment when american airlines flight 77 struck the pentagon. there is a ceremony that has begun there. the u.s. army band playing the names of 184 people killed at the pentagon, the reading of those names will begin in a couple minutes from now and we await remarks from the
secretary of state james mattis and the vice president mike pence will begin speaking shortly. lucas tomlinson is live from the pentagon this morning where the memorial where secretary james mattis and vice president mike pence will be arriving soon. the latest there, lucas. >> sandra, the youngest victim dana fallen berg was three years old on board the american airlines 77 when it crashed into the pentagon at 9:37 a: she would be 20 years old today. roughly the same age of service members serving in the middle east today. for people that have never been to the pentagon 9/11 memorial, 184 victims represented by benches and laid out by age. 125 victims were inside the pentagon that day. 59 on board flight 77. the western side of the pentagon where the plane hit was under construction and there were 18,000 people working in other areas of the
pentagon that day. while americans are reminded to never forget 9/11 it's not an issue. every day those coming to the pentagon see the names and faces of all 3,000 people killed 17 years ago. many service members have served multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. mattis led a task force into southern afghanistan after 9/11 the fight the taliban and led the first marine division during the invasion of iraq. no better friend, no worsen me than a u.s. marine he said. he will address the crowd shortly including victims' families and first responders. vice president pence and joint chiefs will also speak. they described the terrorists as -- we'll toss it back to you. >> sandra: lucas thompson on the ground at the president. the readings of those 184 names will take place followed by the
laying of the wreath, playing of taps, god bless america as we look on at the ceremony underway at the pentagon. >> bill: back to washington in a moment 20 minutes from now. back to ground zero in lower manhattan. as you see the names continue. peter king, republican from new york, good morning to you. i know you're down in lower manhattan as well. i don't know where your position is. thank you for your time, first off. 17 years on. you woke up this morning and look at the calendar and say to yourself it's that day again. it's 9/11. it's september 11th. ironically today is a tuesday yet again. what did you think? >> again it all came back. 17 years but in many ways it was like yesterday or today. it was just a terrible memory. on the other hand wonderful memories of the heroism and bravery that was shown. i have so many friends and neighbors that were killed that day and it is something i won't get over and i hope the american people -- certainly
anyone who is alive then and future generations won't forget the horror of 9/11. we always have to have on our guard and do what's necessary to crush terrorism. >> bill: listen, you make a living serving the people of long island but you're in the city an awful lot and down there as well. take a look around. look at the remarkable changes that have happened in that part of the city. and each time you go down there, i notice something different every time i'm there. what did you notice this time? >> just again how all the buildings going up. again, the people, it is just so -- so lively and a pall comes over it at 8:45. but downtown manhattan. i remember being here with president bush three days after 9/11 and it was impossible to believe it would ever come back.
not only is the world trade center back and freedom tower but you go down here and see the traffic, you see the foliage, people and shops and hotels and the young kids playing in parks down here, battery park is better than ever. just a life and vitality which would have been hard to believe on september 12th, 13th, 14th. i was there and it shows again -- to me it's part of the bravery. i think so much is owed to the police and firefighters, construction workers who did so much on 9/11 and the days after. that was an inspiration to all the people. the feeling was if they can do it, we can do it and why these neighborhoods and communities came back and why in many ways new york is stronger than it ever was as far as the spirit it has and as far as the energy of the people. >> bill: my feeling is we had years of debate and you had so much input from so many people in new york, long island, connecticut, new jersey. we were trying to honor 3,000
people and the tens of thousands of family members who wanted to respect them in the most appropriate way and we had these debates on and on. i think they got it right, honestly. the memorial below the street is a remarkable site to see and one of the most visited places in all of america. the freedom tower that rises up. when tourists come to the city they go down to lower manhattan and rightfully so. when you think about the greater cause, about what we recognized on that day with the threat was here and overseas, 17 years on, how do you think we're doing in that fight? honest perspective. >> let me get back to what you said. as far as the site itself the freedom tower and the whole memorial is majestic and understated at the same time. it's wonderful. it's inspiring. as far as where we are as a nation we're much better prepared. we have tremendous cooperation
all levels of government. much greater cooperation with friends, allies and countries that have to cooperate with us for their own selfish reasons. but at the same time we have to keep in mind al qaeda, isis and others still want to kill us every day of the week. that's why it's so important we not be politically correct, we do what we have to do. constantly monitor what islamist terrorists are trying to do. we've adapted and probably guaranteed there will never be another 9/11. on the other hand they're trying different types of attacks and be on our guard and staying ahead of them. if it requires more surveillance we have to do it. we can't give in to political correctness or we could see another 9/11 type attack in a different form but have the same result. >> bill: good luck today. peter king from new york. great to see you there. i heard a new york city horn in the background, sandra. so there is some things today
that remind us about normalcy. >> sandra: as we back at how this day forever changed our nation 17 years ago, a look back at how the early presidency of george w. bush was changed. karl rove coming up on that looking back at how the president learned about those two planes hitting the towers in a florida classroom and about this day and this moment that forever changed george w. bush's presidency three days after these attacks. >> i can hear you. the rest of the world hears you, and the people -- and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. [cheering and applause] ng footb, so let's promote our fall travel deal on choicehotels.com like this. touchdown. earn a free night when you stay just twice this fall.
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have coming. our goal is to protect lives and property. now we know that this evacuation order that i'm issuing is going to be inconvenient for some people. but we are not going to gamble with the lives of the people of south carolina, not a one. that's why we're doing what we're doing. >> bill: senior meteorologist janice dean live in the weather center watching it. that's the status of florence? >> we're seeing eyewall replacement cycle. this is what's happening right now and this is what's happened overnight. it means the storm is trying to strengthen so it is going through some reorganization so that it can perhaps get stronger and i would not put past the fact that we could see a category 5 later on today or tomorrow. the storm is still a category 4. it has weakened a little bit going through the eyewall replacement cycle. the outer eyewall is taking
over and the inner eyewall is collapsing and possibly getting stronger. category 4 for the next several days. we're expecting the storm to stall. earlier i was comparing this to perhaps north carolina's version of hurricane harvey for texas. we could see upwards of three to four feet of rain if the storm stalls out. it looks like this cone as it gets wider doesn't know what to do. the steering mechanism will end. the high pressure in the atlantic steering it right now gets weaker and moves eastward. there is nothing to sear this storm. we're dealing with a major hurricane making landfall, a potential foot of storm surge, heavy rain and hurricane force winds we'll be dealing with perhaps days of rainfall.
this could be conservative 12 to 20 inches up to two feet depending where the storm comes ashore and stalls out. that's my concern. if we go back in history, the last time we had a cat 4 was hazel back in 1954. certainly, we could top that. so a lot of us forecasters are saying it could be historic and the strongest hurricane the east coast has experienced in many, many years. perhaps decades. >> bill: was it 24 hours ago the storm was moving 7 miles an hour and later in the day that about double to 13 miles an hour. that could be significant. it all effects the timing. >> yes. but the problem is, bill, it has a steering mechanism right now. all the forecast models are fairly certain this is going towards north carolina. south carolina and virginia needs to watch this but it stalls, okay? this is the model and it stalls
and lingers, that's monday. south carolina, georgia, virginia, del marva needs to watch it. the legacy of this will be catastrophic, life threatening rainfall and inland flooding is one of the biggest killers when it comes to weather. >> bill: they had a hurricane there late 1990s, the name slips me but headed for jacksonville and took a northern turn and stalled over the carolinas. the rivers flooded for days and weeks after that and something that no one, even yourself could anticipate in the forecast at that point. >> the other problem is we've been dealing with record rainfall this summer in these areas. top three, top four summertime rainfall records. so the ground is saturated, cannot take any more rain. i mean, we're all nervous. this is epic. this is going to be life threatening and that's why you have to listen to your local officials. listen to them. if they tell you to evacuate, please do so.
we'll be covering this long through the weekend. >> bill: certainly. thank you, janice. talk to you a bit later. keep us posted and we shall stay calm. thanks. >> sandra: we're remembering the horrific attacks of 9/11 17 years later this morning as ceremonies are underway at ground zero. the pentagon, and in shanksville, pennsylvania, to honor the victims of those attacks. you'll be hearing in just a few minutes from secretary of state james mattis, also vice president mike pence will be speaking at the pentagon just moments from now. 184 people were killed at the pentagon. you're hearing the names of those victims read aloud right now. karl rove joins us, former white house deputy chief of staff to george w. bush and fox news contributor. karl, good morning to you. if you could share your thoughts and reflections 17
years later. >> like congressman pete king every memory comes flooding back. 8:49, a couple minutes after the first aircraft hit the world trade center my assistant called me. i was standing outside emma booker elementary school with the president as he shook hands. she said a plane flew into the world trade center. we don't know if it's jet or prop and commercial or private. i went over and told the president and find out more, condy rice called a few minutes later with the same sketchy information. but that began a day that i'll never forget. >> sandra: he was reading to children in that classroom, the president was in florida that morning. and then it was the second time that he had to be told that another plane had struck and what happened then? >> andy card went in and told the president. i remember at the time andy
approached the door separating the staff hold where we were from the classroom where the president was reading and when andy got to the door he stopped and at the time it seemed like an eternity. it was probably just a matter of a second or two but i remember him stopping at the door. i didn't know until much later a couple years ago in fact that the reason is when he got to the door he realized he needed to be able to say something to the president that wouldn't lead to any questions. so there is the famous photograph of him saying to the president, whispering a second plane has hit the world trade center. america is at war. and a few minutes later the president had to make a decision. should he immediately stand up and walk out of the room or should he wait until the little reading exercise came to a close. he thought it was within a minute or two of finishing. it wasn't but he sat there and listened and excused himself and i've known him a long time. we met when we were in our 20s. i can read his moods. when he came into the staff
hold, it was really unusual because it was like cold as ice and steel. and i remember exactly what he said. he said we're at war, give me the director of the f.b.i. and the vice president. and there are two special phones in the staff hold. we immediately jumped on them. we got ahold of mueller but we couldn't get the vice president at that moment. two secret service agents had burst into his west wing office, grabbed him underneath the arms and literally running down the hallway of the west wing to a secret entrance to the emergency operation center the bunker underneath the south lawn of the white house. but it was an amazing moment and i spent much of the day with him for weird reasons. we were about this time during the -- sitting at a table and this was a classroom. the adult furniture had largely been cleared out. this was a table meant for
kindergartners. he was sitting in one of those little chairs and had a sharpy and writing down what he would say to the country. we were talking to him and eddie, the head of the secret service detail came up and said mr. president, we need to get you to air force one and airborne as quickly as possible. they were afraid that his whereabouts were known and that someone was going to plow a jet into the emma booker elementary school. >> sandra: to give you an idea of the moment and the ceremony that we're watching on at the pentagon right now, the laying of the wreath is expected shortly. the reading the names of the 184 victims still being read aloud there as we see the vice president, mike pence, paying his respects to those victims. he will be speaking shortly, along with james mattis, the secretary of defense. a moment of silence will be coming up a few minutes from now before an invocation by the chaplain, paul hurley, and then
we'll hear from the secretary of defense and vice president. karl, if you could look back after the days that followed the attacks 17 years ago and the moments that significantly changed for this country and for the presidency of george w. bush when he took that bull horn at ground zero and he addressed the rescue workers on the ground there. here is that moment. >> i can hear you. the rest of the world hears you, and the people -- [cheering and applause] and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. [cheering and applause] >> sandra: i hear you. that moment was so needed and he delivered that just a few days after these attacks took place. how did that change things? >> well, first of all it was a total accident. there are two people involved in this drama. you saw one of them there.
no speech writers, no aides, no advisors saying mr. president if you get a moment and get a bull horn here is what you need to say. the other author is a person named nina bishop. we were at the southeast corner of ground zero, come to the northwest entrance to ground zero where most of the rescue crews came in and out and the debris were taken away. we were in a motorcade of four or five vehicles. the president was in the first vehicle. we drove south down a little street and then made a hard right. and we were surrounded on either side by these mounds of debris with these huge iron workers and rescue workers and first responders standing on them. and we were in armored s.u.v. so you could hear a hum. as i looked out the window you could see the big huge mostly men standing there chanting and waving flags.
waving little flags like this one which i got that day in new york. when we stopped and we got out of the car, you suddenly realized the hum was them chanting usa. the president started to walk around and shake hands than and i felt a tug on my back. nina bishop who has to weigh 90 pounds. pulls me down to that we're right there. you could barely hear. she yelled at me they want to hear from the president. well, come to find out the night before they had an advance meeting which somebody discussed shouldn't we have the president speak somewhere? nina had brought up the issue. everyone said we won't have the president speak. she decided that the president needed to speak at ground zero so she was going to find some person on the white house staff she could sell this idea to. she said they want to hear from the president. it made sense. i went and found andy card, chief of staff and said to
andy, they are going to want to hear from the president. andy immediately sensed it was the right thing to do. he said where can he speak? i looked around. he couldn't stand on the running boards of the cars but there was this giant fire truck that had been smashed to the ground by debris and three guys standing on top of it. it looked to me like the president could get up there and be seen and people could hear him. and so i said to nina, do we have a sound system? she said no. i said can you get a bull horn? she went off to get a bull horn. i doped out this potential platform for the president and i was worried he couldn't get up there and wanted to make sure it was stable. there are three guys standing on top. a latino, an anglo and an old guy. i ask if it was stable and they looked why are we paying attention to you? is this stable? jump up and down.
they jump up and down. one of them, the anglo, the young anglo guy jumps off the truck and out of history. two guys left on top of it. i go to talk to andy. andy talks to the president. president immediately knows that it's the right thing to do. comes back over. nina has shown up with a bull horn and the latino jumped off. one old guy standing on top of it named bob beckwith. next thing he knows some guy is yelling hey, guy, hey guy, to get his attention and he reached down, grabs the hold. realizes it's the president of the united states and freaks out. the president has his arm around bob. bob is like completely discome bob yu lateed he is standing next to the president. the president doesn't know how to use a bull horn trying to do his best. some guy starts yelling in the background we can't hear you. we can't hear you. the president figures out you have to pull the trigger in
order to make it. the rest is history. exactly what the country needed to hear. exactly what the world needed to hear. when he finished that phrase that place exploded. i've never seen or heard anything like it in my life. it just exploded. just this guttural roar from the crowd and the president decided that's all i needed to do. it was all an accident. >> sandra: they chanted u.s.a., u.s.a. god bless america. and god bless america today as we look back 17 years ago and how this nation was changed. karl rove, you were an integral part of it. deputy chief of staff to george w. bush. thank you for joining us this morning for looking back and sharing your memories. >> bill: good story. bob beckwith. i've been to his house, a humble man and a proud man surrounded by the memory of what karl talked about today. we heard the choir at the
pentagon. we're a waiting a moment of silence and the vice president laid the wreath and mattis will give remarks. in new york city the trickle of names continues, on it goes. in pennsylvania marine one has now landed in somerset county in south central pennsylvania. the place where flight 93 met its final resting point. and today in shanksville they will open up a new memorial. it is considered one-of-a-kind called the tower of voices located at the memorial for flight 93 at a cost of $6 million. financed by the national park foundation. it is 93 feet tall. it is the embodiment they say of a musical instrument that holds 40 wind chimes to honor the 40 victims. you'll see and hear that later today during our broadcast. >> sandra: as you can see we're
going back and forth to the ceremonies that are happening. this currently is the moment at ground zero in lower manhattan where the names of the victims continue to be read. at the pentagon ceremony we are awaiting a moment of silence that will begin a minute from now. that will be followed by an invocation by the chaplain you saw standing by the vice president and the secretary of defense, paul hurley. then remarks by air force general paul silva. we'll hear from him before the defense secretary and vice president. they will make remarks a short time from now as the reading of the names of the 184 people killed at the pentagon concludes. let's listen in as the names continue to be read at ground zero. >> doris inge. >> bill: christopher epps. >> ramone erickson.
>> michael esposito. >> sadie ett. >> eric brian evans. >> robert edward evans. >> mary el wart. >> my brother, firefighter lieutenant michael francis lynch. mommy joined you this past week. soon we'll all be together. >> and my son, who continues to be an inspiration to all his friends and my family. i miss you, i love you very much, and i'll see you soon. and god bless america, please. >> patricia mary sagan. >> bill: my son, my daughter, my mother, my father, my uncle,
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>> sandra: you're listening to secretary of defense james mattis at the pentagon as the ceremony continues 17 years after 9/11. let's listen in. >> courage and strength answered amid the fire and smoke over new york city, in a pennsylvania meadow and in this very building as innocent people from 91 countries were murdered on our soil. many of those countries represented by the foreign dignitaries who join us here today. we remember the bravery and sacrifice of those who fell here in america and then on far-flung battle fao*elds. we salute the soldiers, sailors, air men, courts guard and marines as they gave their last full measure of devotion declaring proudly that americans do not scare. and we followed to the end of
the earth those who sought to break our spirit. together with the families of the fallen, we remember all that is good, all that is true, and all that is beautiful about those we have lost. and if we remember them, if we honor them by living as they would have us live, if we and the department of defense do our best every day to protect america's promise to the world, then we keep our promise to them and to ourselves and to future generations. ladies and gentlemen, it is my great privilege to introduce the vice president of the united states, vice president pence. [applause] >> secretary mattis, general salva, your royal highness, members of the cabinet.
distinguished members of congress, members of our armed forces, including the third infantry guard who distinguished themselves on this day 17 years ago. honored guests, fellow americans, pentagon personnel, first responders. and most especially -- most especially to the family members of those who left this life on these grounds 17 years ago today. it is deeply humbling for karen and me to join you here at this national 9/11 pentagon memorial for the 2018 observance, fulfilling a promise engraved on the gateway of this hallowed
ground, that we will never forget what took place in this place on that fateful morning. president trump asked me to join you for this ceremony to pay a debt of honor and remembrance to all who fell here at the pentagon on september 11th, 2001. and to express the gratitude of the american people for all who have labored every day between then and now. to rebuild, to restrengthen, and to protect this nation. the bible tells us that we're to mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve. today as a nation we pause to do just that. the president and the first
lady are gathered at this hour by a quiet field in pennsylvania. in new york city, thousands gathered at ground zero to ring the bell and recite the names. and here on the banks of the potomac we meet again in this place where the names of our beloved fallen are recited, where they are carved into steel and granite benchs across these hallowed grounds and will be remembered forever in the hearts of the american people. 17 years ago today, america fell under attack. 19 radical islamic terrorists seized control of four commercial airlines to strike the centers of our economy, our military, and our national
government. they struck the world trade center first. at 8:46 in the morning the hijackers hit the north tower, then 17 minutes later as the world watched, the aircraft struck the south tower. 9:28 a third group of terrorists hijacked flight 93 in the skies above pennsylvania and redirected the aircraft toward washington only to be stopped by the extraordinary heroism of the americans on that aircraft. here at the pentagon at 9:37 terrorists struck this great citadel of american strength. the attacks on september 11th shattered the peace of that quiet september morning and
claimed the lives of 2,977 men, women, and children. 184 of them fell here. 59 aboard flight 77 and 125 dedicated americans serving in the hallways of the pentagon and our department of defense. as the families here know, they were mothers and fathers, and fathers to be. husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. they were family. they were senior citizens and first generation citizens.
doctors and engineers, a sunday school teacher, and a little league coach. they were young professionals with new careers and there were little children, just finding their way in the world. they were recent recruits and decorated veterans, patriots all. among them were a mom and dad and their two daughters, the falkenburgs who just celebrated the third birthday of your youngest, dana, earlier that summer. a sixth grade teacher, sarah clark, chaperoning three students on a trip from california. her fiance will never forget those last three words he heard. i love you.
there was a budget analyst for the army who volunteered her time and skill to serve her community as a financial counselor and a treasurer at her church. and an air force veteran, jim lynch, who was known by his neighbors for the american flag always flying atop that 15-foot flagpole that stood in his front yard. to the families of the fallen gathered here, and all those looking on, the cherished final moments you shared with your loved ones no doubt seem like just yesterday, a goodbye kiss, a tender embrace, or one last
wave. just know that your nation understands that while we all suffered loss that day, we know you bear a special burden. but we gather here in the shadow of the building where your loved ones departed this life, to say that you do not bear that burden alone. the american people stand with you and we always will. we stand with you today here and in memorial services in cities and towns all across america. we stand with you in quiet moments of reflection at bedsides and around kitchen tables. and in humble rituals of recollection and honor that will take place across the
nation today. we all remember where we were on this day 17 years ago. many americans were busy getting ready for the day ahead. some were already at work. and some were coming home after finishing a third shift. others were in the car on a morning commute. my wife drove our three children to elementary school on the highway right nearby these grounds just a little more than an hour before the attack. as a new member of congress i was going about my normal workday routine just across the river on capitol hill when i learned of the attacks in new york city.
i'll never forget the moment, standing in my office, when i heard a staffer shout the pentagon has been hit. when i made my way out of the building and walked onto the capitol grounds i'll never forget the sight of seeing columns of mud brown and black smoke billowing out of the pentagon literally darkening half of that crystal clear blue sky. while many of us remember that day like it was yesterday, a growing number of americans have no living memory of what happened here. roughly one quarter of our people were born after
september 11th, 2001. so we gather here today to reflect on what we remember to remember the fallen, their families and the heroes that day, but be assured, we also gather here to ensure that each succeeding generation knows the story of what happened that dark day. and understands why we must learn the lessons of 9/11 and remain ever vigilant in the defense of our nation and our people. the terrorists who carried out these attacks sought not just to take the lives of our people and crumble buildings, they hoped to break our spirit. and they failed.
the american people showed on that day and every day since we will not be intimidated. our spirit cannot be broken. in the moments after the attack at this very place, the character, the resilience and the courage of the people here shone forth in stories of heroism. the selfless acts of courage that took place defined the day. there was no time to organize a formal rescue operation, so as the fire spread, countless men and women who had evacuated the pentagon just moments before, plunged back in risking their lives to save the wounded and help those who were trapped in the debris. these heroes saved countless
lives. nearly all the survivors who were recovered from the rubble that day were rescued within the first 30 minutes after the attack. and even in the midst of the attack on this department, the men and women of the pentagon maintained continuity of operations, after america's armed forces spread across the globe. it was a testament to their courage, their resilience. it was the pentagon's finest hour. in the days and weeks that followed, the search and recovery efforts continued. i witnessed firsthand when i came here to these grounds on september 12th, 2001.
i saw the enormous black gash in the side of this edifice of our national defense. i saw the rescue and recovery personnel working diligently through the debris. i'll never forget what i saw that day. i saw heroism. i saw strength. they were members of our law enforcement, nurses, volunteers, pentagon personnel all working together. in the hopes that there might be more to rescue in the work to recover and to begin to
rebuild not just this building, but to rebuild and restrengthen our nation. and as they worked, just as it does today, our flag was still there. the stars and stripes were hung spontaneously from this west wall as a sign of america's strength and our commitment to freedom. we honor the fallen by remembering them. but as secretary mattis said, we also honor them by ensuring we do everything in our power as a nation to prevent the evil of radical islamic terrorism from ever reaching our shores
again. even before the smoke cleared and the fires had been put out, americans began to answer the call to step forward, to serve this nation. and they did so by the millions. the lines outside recruiting stations across this country reached around the block in big cities and small towns. it's amazing to think in the 17 years since that day nearly 5.5 million americans volunteered to serve in the armed forces of the united states. those courageous men and women turned a day of tragedy into a triumph of freedom. as a nation, by their courage we rallied together to meet the
enemy on our terms, on their soil. because of these heroes, for 17 years, because of the extraordinary work of law enforcement all across this country, there has not been another major terrorist attack on american soil. today we remember the service and we remember the sacrifice of those who answered the call. and on this day on 9/11 we also remember the nearly 7,000 americans who have given their lives on the field of battle since september 11th. we honor them and those who were lost on this day also by supporting the men and women who serve in our armed forces
today. and under our administration, i'm proud to say that we're making the strongest military in the history of the world stronger still. last year president trump signed the largest increase in our national defense in a generation. and with that renewed support, we are giving our men and women in uniform and their commanding officers the resources and rules of engagement they need to fight and win where the perpetrators of this attack found safe haven. it's also important to recall that the terrorists of 9/11 inspired new enemies to spread violence and their ideology across the wider world. today every american should be proud that thanks to the courage of our armed forces and
the leadership of our commander-in-chief isis is on the run, their caliphate has crumb ld and we will soon drive isis from the face of the earth. the evil that descended on america 17 years ago still lingers in our world. so to any who would wish us harm, let them know this, as the american people have shown every day since that bright september morning, as president trump said on these grounds one year ago, in his words, we overcome every challenge. we triumph over every evil. and we remain united as one nation under god.
max grew up in a big family on a small farm in minnesota. he was drafted out of high school into the united states army and served for two years on the korean peninsula. like so many veterans of the korean war, he reenlisted after the conflict ended and more than 15 years later he took up the cause of liberty fighting in the jungles of vietnam. on march 29th, 1973, master sergeant max bell kee became the last american soldier to leave saigon. on september 11th, 2001, master sergeant max was among the first to be declared lost here at the pentagon.
today on this september 11th, we mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve. but we do not grieve like those who have no hope because heroes give us hope. today we remember our beloved fallen whose names are enshrined at this memorial and will forever be etched in the hearts of the american people for as long as this nation endures. today we remember the families of those who lost, who endured this tragedy, whose strength and courage. and today we remember the brave men and women who responded here and in new york city and
in the air over pennsylvania and on fields of battle in the 17 years since. who considered our lives more important than their own. and today we breathe a prayer for all of them and all of you. a prayer that i'm told that master sergeant belke recited every time he spoke to veterans in gatherings large and small across this country. he would always end with the same words and so i -- to you who are gathered here and have suffered this loss, to those we remember who look down from glory, and to those who fight and stand for our freedom
this very hour, may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may god hold you in the palm of his hand. thank you for the opportunity to address you today. we claim this ground in remembrance of september 11th, 2001. we honor the 184 people whose lives were lost, their families and all who sacrificed, that we may live in freedom. may god bless them, may god bless you, and may god bless the united states of america. [applause]
♪ god bless america, my home sweet home ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's observance. thank you for joining us this morning. please remain in place for the departure of today's official party. >> bill: these are remarkable sights and sounds and they are just something that really stirs you every year from the pentagon and shanksville and ground zero in new york city. we'll continue to monitor the events as we move throughout the morning here. we anticipate the president and first lady in about 10:30 eastern time. they're in shankville, pennsylvania. we'll bring that speech to you in about 22 minutes from now.
in the meantime, the names of the dead continue to be read one after the other in lower manhattan, new york city, and we've been watching the family members, the police officers, the firefighters come down and sunflowers above the fountains of lower manhattan. it's a touching moment. we're all americans today certainly. we were all americans then and have been in this fight for 17 years and now we wonder where it goes next. general jack keane has been our co-pilot for so many years and general, good morning to you and thank you for being here today and thank you for your -- the wisdom you have brought our audience for years now about this ongoing fight. i'll touch on that in a moment. you were at the pentagon on 9/11. what is your thought from that
day, general? >> well, it was a day like no other certainly and it has been seared my memory forever. it began just like any other day. i met with my general officers at a 7:00 meeting and in about an hour or so we knew there was a terrorist attack on new york city. brought the army operations center to full manning. a lot of those people we moved to bring it up to full manning is where the airplane hit. then the airplane hit us certainly after the second airplane had hit the world trade center. my office shook, some of the debris came down. smoke came into the room. white smoke initially and eventually black. i told my staff call home and evacuate and i took my aide and my assistant told them -- i had some t-shirts in my bathroom and i wet them up and we went down to the blast sight to give people a hand down there. i saw something i've seen
before, raw, stark fear. and also people helping one another and also dogged determination to live. it brought me back to a combat zone but this was the headquarters of the united states army. we lost 85 people that day. we lost more people in the army that day than any other day during the wars in iraq and afghanistan, interesting enough. the day ended for me by visiting all the wounded. they were spread out in five hospitals and some of them was a horrific sight. we had severely burn victim. what a struggle for life there truly is. i heard stories as i went from patient to patient on what had happened to them that day. their personal struggle to survive and the heroism that took place that day.
it was quite remarkable. the next morning, i walked around the building and the pentagon is a place to work but it is also a place of duty. and the duty of the workforce largely civilian, is in that pentagon. and they were gathered in small groups not really at their computers but talking to each other trying to digest what had happened these last 12, 14 hours for them and i recognized what a determination it took for them to come to their place of duty. they knew we were at war was the reason. that was the most frequent thing they had. sir, we're at war, correct? i said correct, yes, we are. that's why they were there. it was one of the proudest moments of my life. this largely civilian workforce, 2/3 civilian, 1/3 military at their place of duty in the pentagon where they lost their teammates and where so many had been wounded and there they are the next morning
because they know we're going to war and they are a part of that team. it was really something i never forgot. >> bill: 17 years on through afghanistan and iraq and you think about al qaeda, isis and libya and somalia and yemen. how have we done, general? and can you tell us where we're going in this? can you forecast where the fight is headed? >> yeah. it's a great question and one that we should keep asking ourselves. in my own view, the obvious is what has been achieved. we have not received catastrophic attacks on this country, nor has the enemy been able to sustain multiple continuous attacks on our country that would really begin to interfere with the norms and rhythms of everyday life. nor have they been able to achieve that in europe, either. and that is principally and
singularly because we have taken the fight to them and we have stayed the course with that. protracted wars really test the resolve of democracies because people get frustrated by it. they don't see the end in sight. it is not visible like a major campaign in europe was during world war ii or even one in korea. the process of fighting an enemy that is hiding from you and hiding among the people or hiding in the mountains is a different kind of war and different kind of struggle. so we've done that. but what we have not been able to do is have impact on the ideology. and that is really our struggle. it makes it a multi-generational struggle as a result of it. that ideology sadly to say has actually spread. isis, despite destroying what they had in iraq and syria, is in 30 affiliate countries.
the al qaeda is stronger now than when we killed osama bin laden a number of years ago. and that meant that this radical islamic movement has spread in the world and it's spreading because there are young people that want to join it and believe in its ideology. when they're killed another replaces them. when their leaders are killed, somebody else replaces them. what does that tell us? that tells us that if we're in an ideological struggle, the only thing that will beat that ideological struggle is better ideas. that's how we beat communism. we beat it with democracy and capitalism and we have to help people to do that. but mostly this is about muslims inside the islamic religion working to offer their young people an alternative other than this fanaticism and radical islam. the president said as much last summer in july in riyadh with 55 leaders there. and he was challenging them to
move in that direction. and that really has to be done before we're going to make that kind of a change. >> bill: thank you, general. jack keane here in washington, d.c. think about the truck attack last halloween. the pipe bomb attack last december. it finds our way in our world sometimes too close to home. thank you for being here today. >> good talking to you. >> sandra: a day we have not forgotten and will never forget. the chairman of the homeland security committee congressman mike mccaul is standing by at the pentagon as the ceremony just concluded there. we'll have him in a moment. as we remember this day that changed america forever, the family of one fallen hero is getting a big helping hand. up next how a special foundation is honoring those who defend our freedoms.
homeland security committee joining us now from the pentagon. thank you for your time this morning, mr. chairman. as we look back 17 years later now, what are the threats that we face today? when you look back at the threats we faced 17 years ago. >> we can never forget what happened here 17 years ago. the vice president gave a phenomenal speech in remembrance. the fact is, i think, radical islamist terror hasn't gone away. we have really given them a crushing blow to the caliphate in iraq and syria. my threat briefing in the capitol classified has gone way down since this new administration has come in. i think that's good news for america. we can't forget what happened. it's still a threat today. i think the emerging threats that i see we face as a nation are those from russia, china,
iran, and north korea. we can never forget what happened but i think our men and women serving in the military have gone us a great service defeating the so-called caliphate in iraq and syria. >> sandra: chairman, it is so important on this day every year when we look back and we remember the fallen. we look back at what happened to us here on american soil. it was unimaginable but it is also important to remember how we responded. how do you look back at our response to this horror? >> i think our response 17 years, remember a quarter of the american people weren't even born at that time in history. i think it's important that we remember and reflect on what happened. as my children born around the time of 9/11, this is now in the history books for them but
for us, sandra, it is a living history that we all went through. we all remember what happened that day. that bright blue sky day where the terrorists hijacked these airliners and crashed into the pentagon, a symbol of military might and the economic symbol of might in the world trade center, and sandra, the third target was the united states capitol, a symbol of political might. thank god they didn't succeed in that one. but i also want to thank our men and women. i was with rob owe kneel the other night talking about the killing of osama bin laden really bringing this horrific nightmare to an end. and i want to thank the five million plus people who signed up to serve in the military after the tragedy of 9/11. >> sandra: we're waiting remarks by the president shortly there in shanksville, pennsylvania, where the ceremony is underway there.
you just witnessed the one outside the pentagon. what do you think is important to hear from president trump as he steps up here 17 years later? what is important for the country to hear? what message is it important that he puts out for the world to hear? >> i think it's important that he exude confidence in american military might. we passed the largest military defense budget since world war ii to reclaim our readiness, to fight the war on terror, but also these new threats we face from russia, china, iran, and north korea. but i think it's important that we never forget those who lost their lives that tragic day. that we remember what happened on 9/11. it's not just for the history books. it's a living history to us. i think it's important for him to talk about the victories we've had since 9/11 in crushing the caliphate in iraq
and syria, in killing osama bin laden, they are still alive but they are not doing well. isis is on the run today and they're on the run in the euphrates and in northern africa. and i think as long as we exude that military confidence and might, let us hope and pray they will never hit us on american soil again. >> sandra: chairman of the homeland security committee congressman mike mccaul is with us. if i could ask you with so many changes to our security here in the united states, so many changes that took place as a result of 9/11, mr. chairman, how are we better able to not only protect ourselves from an attack like this on america soil but how are we better to respond at this point than we were 17 years ago? >> i think it's important the american people know that we're far better prepared to prevent a terrorist attack.
in fact, we stopped about 99% of the external operations since 9/11. the committee on homeland security was formed in response to the 9/11 attacks. the department of homeland security was put together in response to 9/11. we stopped basically bad people and bad things getting into this country whether it be at the united states border, which i think is so important and the function of what ice does, but also tsa in terms of protecting americans on aviation, passenger airliners such as what happened on 9/11. there is a current threat against our aviation sector. they always go back to it. it is a crown jewel for them to bring down an american airliner. but we've been very successful in stopping that and we've done a lot in congress also to appropriate the money and the
oversight to ensure that americans are safe when they fly both here in the united states and overseas abroad. >> sandra: a few moments ago we behind you we heard from the vice president saying we will never forget. james mattis, we remember the bravery and sacrifice of those who fell here in america and then on far flung battlefields such an important message at the pentagon. thank you for your time this morning as we look back nearly two decades later. thank you. >> thank you, sandra. >> bill: we'll take you live to shanksville, pennsylvania in a moment here. we'll get the president and first lady in about six minutes from now. that's coming up here. 17 years ago today 3,000 souls left us forever and one of them has left a mark that lives on today. and will for a very long time. when the hijacked plane slammed into the twin towers the pentagon in a field near
shanksville, pennsylvania most people ran from danger. the new york city firefighter was heading home when he turned around. he found the tunnel in lower manhattan closed. he put on his gear, ran through the tunnel heading into the towers into ground zero to help save lives and tragically steven siller was never seen again. his body never found. steven's heroism inspired his older brother to honor his legacy. with me now is frank siller the chairman and ceo of the tunnels and towers foundation. frank, an honor to have you with us today. you have become quite a friend over the years and it's great to have you. first your son, your brother, steven siller and what he did on that day, the youngest of seven kids. what do you think about today about steve? >> well, steven was a dynamic person when he was alive and
how he gave his life up was nothing less than heroic as we honor him today and all those who perished. steven was married, father of five. so that sacrifice was felt very painful. just sent one of his younger children off to college, so life has changed a lot over the last 17 years. five of them are doing very well. my sister-in-law is a very strong person and doing well. not just today but all the time i think about him. i think what life would be like if he was around. but through his sacrifice we've been able to do so much good around this great country. >> bill: you have raised so much money for so many firefighters and their families and so many police officers today and so many who have been wounded in battle overseas who have come home. do you know quickly was your brother in the north tower or south? >> south tower. his whole company was in the south tower. if you're a firefighter you want to be with your brothers
from the firehouse. when he got there he found out his squad one were in the south tower and that's where we believe he died. >> bill: the reason i ask you that question is there is a moment of silence coming now for the collapse of the north tower. >> 10:28. >> bill: let's pause for a moment and observe that. [bell ringing] [moment of silence]
>> michael patrick la port. >> allen charles. >> bill: 10:29 on the east coast the names continue in lower manhattan. frank, i mentioned the financial contribution that your organization has done for hundreds and hundreds of people. you have raised hundreds of millions of dollars and today you are taking a new step because today you're actually dedicating a home to a family in georgia, barnsville, georgia, south and east of atlanta, georgia. and last -- 30 minutes ago.
>> 9:59. >> bill: what happened? >> we gave the keys to a gold star family, the widow and two daughters of corporal colin shaf who gave his life protecting our country. and he left behind two beautiful daughters. actually, his wife was pregnant with the second one when he died last july. here is the thing. our foundation wants to do good and to take a day like today and do something that makes a positive, lasting difference in somebody's life like a gold star family, we feel it's just important. it sends a message that yes, evil exists but so does goodness and we want to turn that around and do something good like this today. so we're proud of the work that we're doing to hand over this beautiful house. she will never have to worry about a mortgage. in less than a year they have to be off the baracks and gone.
we're so honored to do this today. >> that flag the enormous and it unveiled the house in georgia just last hour. >> we have a whole team down there. i was down at ground zero earlier today and said my prayers. i lost a lot of good friends that day, of course, my brother most of all, and our foundation is one that we said in the very beginning. st. francis says brothers and sisters, let us do good. this is good and necessary, the work that we're doing. >> bill: it is really remarkable. sarah lost her husband, marine corporal shaf in july of 2017. his military transport plane crashed in mississippi. she had a child. another one on the way. now she is blessed with the good fortw she will pay a lot of her bills from this day forward. what strikes me about the
stories you are relaying here, frank. i've known you for a long time. whether it's firefighters in new york, police officers around the country, or whether it's u.s. men and women serving overseas and coming back less fortunate they were when they left. the need never stops for you. >> no. we need all the help we can get all year long. we have a run at the end of september. always the last sunday in september, september 30th called the tunnel to towers run the name of the foundation. my brother ran through the brooklyn battery tunnels to the towers and gave up his life. we have 30,000 people running through the tunnel. firefighters and police officers all over the country. u.s. marshals. chris hill gave his life this year, u.s. marshal. we helped that family. police officer from massachusetts, we have -- they are coming. their families. this run, all right, albeit
called tunnel the towers run. it is about honoring the greatness of america. so many men and women have done the same sacrifice and paid the same price as my brother. we can never forget them and this is how we do it. >> bill: tunnels to towers.org. see you real soon. >> sandra: we're waiting comments from president trump. he and the first lady melania trump visiting shanksville, pennsylvania. another september 11th memorial. a field there became a memorial after 40 passengers and crew crashed in a field after hijackers took control of a california-bound commercial airliner on the morning of september 11th. 17 years later we await the president's remarks on the ground in shanksville. we'll be right back. ♪ a hotel can make or break a trip. and at expedia, we don't think you should be
>> sandra: we're waiting to her president trump's remarks in shanksville, pennsylvania at the site of the crash of flight 93. molly line is there and she joins us now as we await the president. molly. >> as you can see behind me the president and first lady have arrived and are on stage. the ceremony is underway. we listened to the bells of
remembrance ringing honoring all 40 of the heroes credited with fighting back against the 9/11 terrorists in that plane on flight 93. those 40 people remembered as losing their lives and saving other lives on that day. the plane crashing here in what is considered a field of honor. they saved an unknown number of innocent people at the terrorists intended target believed to be the capitol building in washington, d.c. >> i don't know if they really thought they could save their lives but i believe they knew if they didn't act they would -- other people would die unnecessarily. >> their remarkable courage being remembered today as we await the remarks of president trump slated to begin in a few moments. the president expected to speak a little after 10:30. >> sandra: molly, this is the
second observance of september 11th of the president's time in office. his first visit to shanksville. the president last year observed this at the white house. but a native new yorker, this day, the president as we heard from chairman michael mccaul. i asked him what do you want to hear from the president when he steps up in shanks villa few moments from now to make remarks on this 17-year anniversary of 9/11. he said i want to hear confidence. what do we expect to hear from the president as he begins speaking moments from now? he will be introduced by the interior secretary ryan zinke. we just heard from the president of the families of flight 93. we haven't received guidance regarding exactly what the president will be saying today. i think we'll have to wait and see. i would hate to try to put words in his mouth.
sandra. >> sandra: we await the president's remarks shortly. molly line. thank you. >> bill: if you ever find yourself in central pennsylvania, it is worth the exit ramp to find your way to this memorial for flight 93 in somerset county. molly was referring to the new memorial that's being unveiled today. it's a significant deal. 40 wind chimes that represent the 40 victims. 93 feet tall to represent flight 93. it's designed to optimize airflow through the tower walls that reach the interior chime chamber and honor those who perished in that field on that morning. >> sandra: the president is expected to honor the many lives that were lost that day. when asked the white house press secretary sarah sanders speaking on behalf of the president says he plans to remember the horrific day and the lives lost and honoring the individuals who were not only lost that day but put their lives on the line to help in
that process. >> bill: when you think about the number of people affected that day and have been affected since. remember the names were read today beginning at 8:45 a.m. eastern time. that was almost two hours ago. and they still continue to read the names in lower new york city. we are going to listen to that as we await the president in shanksville, pennsylvania. >> peter lynch. >> james francis lynch. >> james t. lynch junior. >> louise a. liefrj. >> michael cameron lynch. >> michael francis lynch >> richard d. lynch junior. >> my brother, christopher duffy. your tenacious spirit made an
impact on and off the field. today is all about you. you always had an eye for style. so i traded in my fire department uniform and got dressed up in this nice suit just for you. time whizzes by but so do the dragonflies. keep buzzing over our tribe. all your friends and family love you and miss you every day. >> and to my beautiful sister and her unborn child, the whole family misses you so much. we think about you every day. should have a niece and nephew now about 17 years old. also i want to mention my aunt gail. we love and miss you, too. [applause] >> president trump: thank you
very much. thank you very much, ryan. so beautiful. we are gathered together on these hallowed grounds to honor the memory of nearly 3,000 souls who were murdered on this day 17 years ago. we are here to pay solemn tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members on flight 93 who rose up, defied the enemy, took control of their destiny and changed the course of history. today we mourn their loss. we share their story, and we commemorate their incredible valor. on september 11th, 2001, a band of brave patriots turned the tide on our nation's enemies and joined the immortal ranks
of american heroes. at this memorial on this sacred earth in the field beyond this wall and in the skies above our heads we remember the moment when america fought back. melania and i are grateful to be joined for today's ceremony by governor tom wolf and governor mark sh weiker. i also want to thank the members of congress in attendance. senator bob casey, congressman lou barletta. bill shuster along with the president of the families of flight 93, gordon felt. we're also joined by members of the national park service along
with firefighters, first responders, and incredible people from law enforcement. these are truly great people. [applause] some of you here today answered the call and raced to this field 17 years ago. you fill our hearts with pride and i want to thank you on behalf of our country. thank you very much. [applause] >> bill: most importantly to the family members -- of flight 93, today all of america wraps up and joins together. we close our arms to help you shoulder your pain and to carry
your great, great sorrow. your tears are not shed alone, for they are shared grief with an entire nation. we grieve together for every mother and father, sister and brother, son and daughter who was stolen from us at the twin towers, the pentagon, and here in this pennsylvania field. we honor their sacrifice by pledging to never flinch in the face of evil and to do whatever it takes to keep america safe. [applause] 17 years ago, your loved ones were among the 40 of flight 93, the 40 passengers and crew members on board the 8:00 a.m.
flight from newark to san francisco. they were men and women from every background. they were young people returning from visiting family, moms and dads on business trips, and friends going and coming from birthdays and weddings. they boarded the plane as strangers and they entered eternity linked forever as true heroes. [applause] soon after take-off, flight 93 was hijacked by evil men bent on terror and conquest, passengers and crew members began using their phones to call home. they learned that two planes had already crashed into the world trade center in new york
city. immediately those on board flight 93 started planning a response. sandy bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and told him they were in the back of the plane preparing hot water to throw onto the hijackers. passenger jeremy glick explained the plan to his wife and said stay on the line, i'll be back. the passengers and crew members came together, took a vote, and they decided to act. at that moment, they took their fate and america's fate back into their own hands. in the last 20 minutes, many placed their final calls home. whispering those eternal words,
i love you. some said the lord's prayer, and then they bravely charged the cockpit. they attacked the enemy. they fought until the very end. and they stopped the forces of terror and defeated this wicked, horrible evil plan. flight 93 crashed yards from where we stand just 20 minutes flying time from the united states capitol. through their sacrifice, the 40 saved the lives of countless americans and they saved our capitol from a devastating strike. in the days after the attack,
tens of thousands of firefighters, police officers, and recovery workers traveled to new york and arlington to crawl through the rubble and search for survivors. there were prayer vigils, memorials, and charity drives all across our nation. here in shanksville, many of you raised up the first memorial, a wooden cross, a chain linked fence, mementos and tributes flowing in and dozens and dozens of american flags. a piece of america's heart is buried on these grounds, but in its place has grown a new resolve to live our lives with the same grace and courage as
the heroes of flight 93. this field is now a monument to american defiance. this memorial is now a message to the world. america will never, ever submit to tyranny. [cheering and applause] since september 11 nearly 5 1/2 million young americans have enlisted in the united states armed forces. nearly 7,000 service members have died facing down the menace of radical islamic terrorism. [applause]
today we also think of the more than 200,000 service members now serving overseas and we think of every citizen who protects our nation at home, including our state, local, and federal law enforcement. these are great americans. these are great heroes. we honor and thank them all. [applause] as commander-in-chief, i will always do everything in my power to prevent terrorists from striking american soil. here with us today is dorothy garcia, her husband, sonny, was one of the passengers on flight 93. on september 11th, 2001, just
over a month after their 32nd wedding anniversary, sonny was on his way back from a business meeting. he called dorothy, who he loved so much, called her on the plane and uttered her name before the line went dead silent. in the days after the attack, dorothy told the investigators there was only one thing she wanted from this field, her husband's wedding ring. they would know it by the inscription etched inside. all my love, it said, followed by the number 8/2/69, the date of their anniversary. the officers -- great people -- promised to try. but in this field of records it
seemed certainly impossible. dorothy began to pray and she asked her friends to do the same. days went by, then months. still no ring. a week before christmas on december 19th, she heard a knock at the door, two officers were standing with a really beautiful to her she saw it was so beautiful, she knew what was happening. a beautiful, small white box. inside it was a wallet, a luggage tag, a driver's license, a small bag with the wedding ring inscribed with those three precious words, all my love.
those words echo across this field. and those words tell the story of 40 men and women who gave all their love for their families, their country, and our freedom. to dorothy and to every family here today, america will never forget what your loved ones did for all of us. [applause] earlier this week, you dedicated the final part of this memorial, the tower of voices. standing at 93 feet tall, the tower of voices is now the first structure visitors see when they come to this now
sacred ground. it will hold 40 beautiful chimes that ring throughout these fields. each a unique note, but all in perfect harmony. each time we hear those chimes playing in the wind, we will remember the 40, we will remember their faces, their voices, their stories, their courage, and their love. and we will remember that free people are never at the mercy of evil because our destiny is always in our hands. [applause] america's future is not written by our enemies. america's future is written by
our heroes. [applause] as long as this monument stands, as long as this memorial endures, brave patriots will rise up in america's hours of need and they, too, will fight back. [applause] 17 years ago, 40 incredible men and women showed the whole world that no force on earth will ever conquer the american spirit. we treasure their memory, we cherish their legacy, and we ask god to forever bless the immortal heroes of flight 93.
thank you, god bless you, god bless the families, and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [cheering and applause] thank you very much. [cheering and applause] thank you very much. >> bill: remarkable speech in shanksville. america will never, ever submit to tyranny. talked about the wedding ring with all their love going forward and concluding it with that phrase they, too, will fight back as a symbol for the rest of america and what they would do and will do when faced with a similar threat to themselves and their lives and their families. >> sandra: we remember the moment america fought back, said the president, on this day, september 11th 17 years
ago a band of great patriots turned the tide on our enemies and joined the ranks of american heroes. he talked about the passengers on flight 93, how they fought until the very end and fought the forces of terror. they saved countless americans that day. he also talked about the military and 5 1/2 million americans that have enlisted in the military since 9/11. the president saying america's future is not written by our enemies. >> bill: very much looking forward to a return visit in shanksville, pennsylvania, to see the tower of voices he describes and the wind chimes that represent the 40 victims. must be a remarkable site. such a unique memorial certainly. none like it anywhere in the world. and we remember all of them today as we remember those in lower manhattan. they started the reading of the names at 8:45 a.m. eastern time
that a clock that was 2 hours 14 minutes ago and the names continue here in new york city. >> sandra: the president spending the last few minutes remembering the lives that were lost but also honoring the individuals' lives who were not lost that day. those who lined up to help fight back and an important point to remember on this day. so much has changed 17 years later, the president honoring those that have fallen and those who continue to fight on our battle fao*elds in shanksville, pennsylvania. >> bill: september 11th, 2018, continues. >> steve morris. >> christopher morrison.
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>> sandra: fox news alert at the top of a new hour, millions of americans are bracing for what is likely to be a catastrophic event on the southeastern coast of the united states. hurricane florence. threatening to hit the u.s. as a category 4 storm at this point. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom." i'm sandra smith. >> bill: nice to be with you today september 11th. we won't forget about it but get more news in while we can. four states making emergency declarations ahead of the storm's expected landfall late thursday, early friday morning. we'll watch and see the way it wiggle between now and then. >> the forecast places north
carolina in the bull's-eye of hurricane florence and the storm is rapidly getting stronger. when weather forecasters tell us life threatening, we know that it is serious. let me be clear, north carolina is taking hurricane florence seriously and you should, too. >> bill: team fox coverage begins now. dr. neil jacobs from noaa, he is here in a moment. first jonathan serrie is live in north carolina. what have you seen so far today, jonathan? >> hi, the winds are slowly picking up. by and large it has been very calm. a clear day drawing many people out to the beach to grab one last look before this storm arrives. local officials are saying now is the time during this calm to prepare for the storm and indeed many residents and visitors are doing just that. throughout the carolinas many people are topping off their tanks heading out of town.
at noon down south carolina officials will reverse lanes on four major highways leading in and out of charleston and myrtle beach to carry traffic away from the coast. >> we know that this evacuation order that i'm issuing is going to be inconvenient for some people. it will be inconvenient. but we do not want to risk one south carolina life in this hurricane. >> that evacuation order in south carolina alone is expected to impact one million people, bill. >> bill: some people will stay behind. it always happens that way. what about people who decide to stay behind on the coast? >> authorities advise against it. they're realistic and know anytime there is a hurricane no matter how serious there will be diehard and visitors who decide to stay behind.
911 dispatchers are urging people to triage their own emergencies. in other words, only call 911 if it's a life threatening emergency. listen. we don't have that sound, but they are saying that, for example, if you're in a house and it is flooding, that's not a 911 call. if those floodwaters are threatening your life, then you call 911. they also say that when weather conditions get particularly bad, first responders simply aren't going to be able to get to you. instead they'll take your name and number and contact you once conditions improve and see if you still need help, bill. >> bill: thank you, jonathan. we'll be back with you a lot in the coming days. jonathan serrie there. >> sandra: watching the track on this let's bring in dr. neil jacobs, deputy administrator
from noaa. what can you tell us about the evacuation efforts that are underway? >> the evacuation efforts are going very well. i would urge people to follow the instructions of the state and local emergency managers. they need to get this process started early because places like the outer banks are not easy to get people off of. >> sandra: what can you tell us about this path as we're watching the projected path right now, category 4, winds 130 miles an hour? what update can you give us there? >> the projected path hasn't changed much. we're expecting a landfall sometime on friday but the wind field -- the important message here is the wind field is a couple hundred miles across in either direction. you will feel tropical storm force winds well in advance on thursday. and it will spread across north carolina and south carolina. >> sandra: as far as who is
most at risk as this reaches the southeastern coast, what can you tell us about the path as far as how wide in range it will reach? >> typically the worst part is on the northeastern side of the storm as it makes landfall but you will see a tremendous amount of storm surge, coastal flooding, high waves and as you move further inland there will be a tremendous amount of rain. a lot of the models are projecting the storm to slow down once it makes landfall. >> sandra: some are warning it could be the harvey of the east coast. is that in line with your projections and what you're seeing? >> there are quite a few models that are putting down as much as 20 or more inches of rain in parts of north carolina. >> sandra: sounds like a lot are looking at the worst case scenario. what's the best case scenario? >> the best case scenario it
recurves and stays offshores. there is a lot of consensus between the models we look at. it is becoming less and less likely. >> sandra: how difficult do you think the evacuation efforts will be? you gave us a preview there? taking shelter some will do. some will evacuate. what does it ultimately look like as the storm nears? >> i would just urge people to follow the directions of whoever their state and local emergency managers are and move inland. most of these routes are marked. and probably just move definitely away from the coast. >> sandra: deadly flooding is a big threat as well. >> yes, yes. and it will actually be inland as well because of the tremendous amount of rain. >> sandra: it is a monster storm. it kind of feels like it started and came out of nowhere. we're just sort of at the beginning of season here.
what are your overall -- what is the overall season starting to look like to you as we -- as we look at this monster storm florence? >> we projected the season would be near average to slightly below average. it still looks like it's on track for that. this week is pretty close to the peak of the hurricane season so it is not surprising that we see a lot of activity. but even though we're projecting an average season, it doesn't mean that we can't have a major hurricane make landfall. >> sandra: we hope to get more updates as the storm makes it way to the coast. over a million people have been ordered to evacuate. thank you for your time this morning. it is a monster storm, bill. a dangerous one indeed. >> bill: carolina shore, some of those beautiful beaches in the world especially at low tide. the hemmer family has been going down there to the carolina coast for 40 years now. a lot of folks up and down the
east coast and in the northeast back in the midwest made second homes down there for a long time and they make a lot of family memories there during the summertime. you draw in the attention of tens of millions of people with a storm of this size. the best hope is it turns north. we wish and hope and pray it could turn north and kick back out to the ocean. it just seems like with each passing hour, sandra, that this storm is just big enough and that high steering current in the northeast will prevent that from happening. i wish it would change but right now it doesn't look like it will. >> sandra: based on what we heard it doesn't sound like that's the case. this monumental rain falls. totals of up to 40 inches possible at this point. we'll see how it changes and watch its path. >> bill: a bit earlier today we were talking to janice. i mentioned the storm in the late 1990s, hurricane floyd. that was a big storm. this was a cat 5 barreling into right around the daytona beach,
jacksonville beach area and it took a right-hand turn and went north. the problem is when it went north it lost a little power but stalled over the carolinas and it was a rain maker of historic proportions in north carolina. and some of the projections suggest it could happen again. if you get a stall of this magnitude. 40 inches of rain. >> sandra: expected to make landfall early friday. that is a big storm, bill hemmer. evacuate. >> bill: we'll tell you what you need to know and we'll get updates from janice in the hurricane weather center every three hours for the next several days. more on that coming up. that's florence. fox news alert now. the f.b.i. agent, the ex-agent peter strzok firing back against allegations that he coordinated a media leak strategy with lisa page to embarrass the president. strzok is accusing republicans of spinning the facts to mislead the american people.
catherine herridge is back on the story live in washington with breaking developments today. what are they? >> thank you, bill. it all began with a letter from house republican mark meadows to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein focusing on two april 2017 texts sent by former f.b.i. agent peter strzok to then f.b.i. lawyer lisa page quote. i want to talk to you about media leak strategy with the justice department before you go. strzok texted page april 10, 2017. two days later strzok wrote well done, page. told her two negative articles about page's namesake would soon be coming out. same week in april 2017 media reports confirmed the existence of a surveillance warrant for carter page. fisa is supposed to remain secret. the republican chairman of the powerful house judiciary xhifty said the russia investigation
is planning more interviews and urged the president to declassify the surveillance records. >> now we're proceeding to get additional documents from the f.b.i. and line up additional witnesses but i also agree with those members who called upon the president to declassify the documents that are necessary for the american people to see what was going on in 2016 and early 2017. >> this morning on twitter president trump cited fox's reporting new texts reveal strategy. nothing is being done at d.o.j. or f.b.i. this morning strzok's lawyer responded issuing this statement to fox news that reads the term media leak strategy refers to a department-wide initiative to detect and stop leaks to the media. the president and his enableers are trying to mislead the american people. our team is checking back with congressman meadows to see if
he has further feedback and understand the texts are surfacing now because they were recovered from the gap that was identified by the inspector general michael horowitz and that gap was between december 2016 and may of 2017 when the russia special counsel investigation opened and that gap was blamed on software issues and data collection issues with the f.b.i.'s samsung phones. >> bill: thank you. >> sandra: the trump administration is denouncing a new book that describes a chaotic white house. >> i don't know. i think we have to see the rest of the book. we've seen a few excerpts that have been pretty widely pushed back on by some of the most respected people in our country and we'll see what happens with the rest of the book. >> sandra: is the woodward book a bust? chris stirewalt is here. he will weigh in next. >> bill: stirewalt has a book, too. stand by. also a show of defiance from iran over its nuclear program.
one official says it will be stronger than ever if the nuclear deal cannot be saved. adam kinzinger joins us on that. >> sandra: a day of reflection as we remember 9/11 and the horrible toll it took on our country 17 years ago today. more on the tributes to the fallen. >> i love you so much. every day i live in your memory.
>> sandra: bob woodward's book is hitting shelves today. it claims to reveal shocking details about the inner workings of the trump administration. the white house is pushing back saying the book is riddled with errors. >> a number of people have come out and said that woodward never even reached out to corroborate statements attributed to them, which seems incredibly reckless for a book to make such outrageous claims to not take the time to get a $10 fact checker to call around and verify that some of these quotes happened. >> sandra: chris stirewalt author of the new book "every man a king." there it is. congratulations to you, chris. >> the real scandal here and conspiresy bob woodward had his book coming out at the same time as mine. >> sandra: could you not have
coordinated better? i look forward to reading your book. meanwhile we know what the president has said about bob woodward's book calling it a joke. it is complete fiction. you heard sarah sanders there. >> it is one of the good things about working in washington is that there is only really about five stories. we just do them in different rotations. bob woodward writing a book about the administration that members cooperated in secret but deny and reject publicly is groundhog day. every presidency it comes around. he has been doing it since nixon. it is part of the life cycle of every american president. >> sandra: does he lean left or right? >> he is a pretty straight shooter. he is a journalist and certainly his rise to fame was for taking down a republican president but democrats and republicans alike have been badly burned and singed when the people in their white houses want to talk. why people talk to bob woodward
the same reason people want to cooperate with prosecutors. they want the good deal. those with axes to grind, including the gentleman who was excused for domestic abuse, when you see the people quoted and the people who are blindly quoted, they have agendas to push. if steve bannon isn't quoted in this book blindly i'll eat my hat. >> sandra: what sort of damage could the book do? we know some of it. it's out today. white house is reacting. what impact does it have? >> it doesn't have any impact probably on persuadeable voters. the people who care -- we have a lot of americans who hate donald trump and hate the trump presidency and a lot of americans who love donald trump and the trump presidency. it's a polarizing moment in our history. for those folks -- by the way,
i think the white house is missing a play here. this book in the end taken as a whole is not that bad for trump. it is really not that bad for trump. there is a bunch of embarrassing stuff in there but we already knew how chaotic the first year of the trump white house was. it was on fire an rolling downhill quickly and they turned a lot of stuff around and ended up passing a tax cut and ended up salvaging a lot of the agenda. this book tells that story and there are good things in there that this white house could be talking about instead of just screaming. >> sandra: all of this in the same week as the anonymous op-ed published in the "new york times" still talking about that. steve bannon went on with laura ingraham and said he believes it's all part of a larger conspiracy against trump potentially involving several members of the administration. >> they all sound like hillary clinton now. so then it was a vast right wing conspiracy now it's a left wing conspiracy. when you're in power and everybody is gunning for you,
you have power, we give the president the power of a king and incredible amount of authority and people come after you. it is part of the situation. i think for the bannonites and those guys the real conspiracy against them was the conspiracy of competence inside the administration. people who wanted to get stuff done instead of stumbling from one outrage to another. >> sandra: i can't wait to read "every man a king." thanks for being here. a reminder bob woodward will join dana perino tomorrow on the daily briefing to talk about his new book. catch that interview on fox news channel at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. >> bill: fox news alert. another word of potential summit between president trump and chairman kim. will it happen? new reaction to former president trump describing the view of the benghazi attack as a wild conspiracy theory.
>> sandra: a deadly bus crash in india. 45 people were killed. they tried to avoid another bus and veered off the road. the bus was carrying pilgrims from a hindu temple in the hills in southern india. the cause of the crash now under investigation. >> bill: word this morning of another potential summit between kim jong-un and president trump. what's the reaction on that
there, greg? >> i would say the reaction is mixed mostly positive. anything to give peace a chance on this korean peninsula is welcome. the invitation came in a letter from kim to trump. the white house called it warm and positive. they say they're open to the idea and working on coordination. there are, of course, hitches. u.s. officials tells fox news it is full steam ahead on the north korea production of nuclear war heads. one report put the number made just this year at nine. kim apparently still demanding the u.s. agree to the declaration of the end to the korean war. the u.s. wants -- here is the take of one expert. >> because they are so unconventional it is not surprising that kim jong-un would be pushing for another summit. it's a risky thing. >> one way to take a bit of the risk out south korean president moon will be meeting with kim
in yet another summit. that happens next week. according to moon, however, it is really important to get the one-on-one relationship with the united states, north korea back on track again. >> bill: on another matter but related we understand there has been progress in identifying the remains of the soldiers from north korea. what is happening there? >> good news coming out of the thawing of relations between north korea and the united states. the word we're getting is forensic scientists at a center in hawaii have identified two sets of remains of soldiers which have been returned by north korea after missing since the korean war. it was feared it would take years. but there were 55 sets of remains returned, 5300 americans are still missing north of the dmz. >> bill: we'll see how it goes. >> sandra: we're watching
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ahead of landfall which is apparently friday morning? >> evacuations are underway. the governor of south carolina are ordering people to leave. fema leaders will have the focus on saving lives and american red cross says it will be there to help. >> we are pre-staging resources to be ready for any type of evacuation centers or post impact sheltering that may occur. >> life threatening storm surge is predicted along the south carolina, north carolina and southeast virginia coast thursday and friday. this preparation time is critical. >> sandra: the warnings are severe, mike. how alarmed are experts by what they're seeing so far? >> the experts at the national hurricane center are calling the size of florence staggering. that suggests its impact will be felt far and wide. fema leaders predict life-saving missions are going
to happen. >> this storm is not a glancing blow. this storm will be a direct hit onto our coast and i want to set the expectations now. it will be a long term recovery when we talk about the effects of florence. >> the experts are saying it will need to be more than just a government response. they are working on how to get private industry engaged moving groceries and commodities as quickly as possible once it's safe to expedite the recovery. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: iran's nuclear chief warning if the nuclear deal of 2015 falls apart his country's nuclear program will be in a much stronger position than before. congressman adam kinzinger, thank you for your time and service on this september 11th as well. what do you think of the word we're hearing from tehran, how do we interpret that? >> it's no surprise. keep in mind when this whole
deal was being worked out iran said that all they wanted to do was have a program for power for nuclear power, nuclear energy. and now they are using it as a threat when president trump, i think, rightly said it was a bad deal. all this did was potentially give us a short window which in international politics goes by pretty quickly. 9/11 was 18 years ago, we basically signed a deal with iran that lasted 10 years in some cases and 15 years in other restrictions. so we have to have something that's much more long-term that addresses iran's behavior in the region. after the deal was signed iran made its entrance significantly into syria, yemen, iraq. and began destabilizing the whole region with the money we gave them. they will threaten us. which goes to prove the original point. this isn't a program for power. this is a program to develop nuclear weapons and to hold the middle east and the world hostage. i think the president is right in saying we won't abide by it.
>> bill: here is a quote from the head of the iran atomic agency. he, meaning donald trump thinks he is powerful and has the right to make any decisions he wishes. the world has changed and i don't think that logic works anymore. do you think this administration with john bolton and others. are they in a position to change iran's behave area? >> yeah. i think iran would be smart to say they have a lot of tools at their disposal. let's reenter negotiations. europe isn't helping us. they're desperate for the economic activity. but i think iran would be very wrong to misjudge the seriousness this president, that john bolton and mike pompeo have in saying we'll address this issue. there are a lot of things we can do. there are further economic sanctions. there is ways to push back against them and their proxy wars in syria. and lastly there is a military
option and while we aren't advocating for that today, the fact that a significant robust military option against iran's nuclear facilities exist is something that should compel all these parties, including especially iran to the table to negotiate a broader, more comprehensive deal. >> bill: in the meantime you have the story in syria that's significant. the u.s. issued strong warnings toward assad and russia do not take action in the province north of damascus. there is concern with three million civilians after tens of thousands of rebels fighters there you might win the war but at what cost? what do you think we do now? >> that's right. assad has destroyed his country just like his father did. this one is even worse. a lot of dead children, a lot of dead people. major movements and migration. attack an idlib will make everything else look like small potatoes including the death of children and the refugees.
there are a lot of refugees there from other parts of syria. we're kind of beyond the point where the u.s. can intervene in the middle of syria but we can do, i think, is declare idlib a no fly zone. i'm not convinced it will happen. we can do like the president has done which is said chemical weapons have no place on the battlefield and haven't since world war i and we enforce the red line president obama failed to and drive all the parties to negotiating table. when it's all said and done syria is probably not going to look like it did 10 years ago. if we can have a place for people that want democracy and obviously it appears assad will survive even though i hope he doesn't. we can remove foreign troops from syria as long as russia and iran go, too. what the successful result will be. >> bill: something to watch. clearly has not been resolved. those are issuing strong warnings about chemical weapons being used again. let's hope that's not the case. thank you for your time back home in illinois.
>> god bless. >> bill: thank you. >> sandra: democrats hoping for a blue wave this november are focusing on flipping seats in districts that voted for barack obama and hillary clinton in the last two presidential elections. peter doocy is live in centennial, colorado, a gop congressional seat is potentially in play. how does the district fit into the democratic strategy to flip the house? >> they've got a democrat on the ballot, sandra. democrats tried to recruit veterans everywhere. 17 of them won primaries including jason crowe who will challenge republican incumbent mike kaufmann in the denver suburbs. >> when i was in the military in iraq and afghanistan it didn't matter someone was a republican or democrat or independent. we had a job to get done and we found a way to get it done. >> something very unique about jason crow. how candid he is wanting to
replace nancy pelosi as the democratic leader. >> we just need a new generation of leadership willing to step up and move past this culture that we have in washington right now. >> two democrats that crow says he wishes could help him come campaign and win the district would be john louis and michelle obama. >> sandra: why has that been the most expensive district for republicans to defend in recent years, peter? >> because the district keeps getting redrawn and it keeps getting more diverse. >> when they looked at this target. it was dramatically redrawn in redistricting and so it went from an area that in 2008 mccain carried by eight points to an area that obama carried by eight points in 2008. >> during kaufmann's last campaign in 2016 he ran an ad
saying he didn't care much for donald trump. in this district he doesn't see that as a liability. >> the only time the president did reach out for my vote i said no and it was my concern about the mcarthur amendment on pre-existing commission. i stand up against the president when i think he is wrong for the country and for my district. >> the national republican congressional committee say they spent more to win this district over the last eight years than anywhere else in america and already have pumped $2 million worth of ads this time. >> bill: also on this 9/11 we remember the attacks in libya from six years ago. former president obama faced a lot of heat for what he said about the benghazi terror attacks and why his comments aren't sitting well with those who tried to save lives that day. we'll talk to one of them live next. >> we lost two of our friends and it was a fantasy.
>> bill: the attorney for a new jersey couple now under investigation say they'll likely face charges after a homeless vet accused them of withholding and spending about $400,000 they raised online on a site called gofundme. authorities raiding the couple's home after public interest sparked a criminal investigation. the lawyer says neither he nor his firm could continue representing that couple. >> this congress has championed the unwinding of campaign finance law to give billionaires outside influence over our politics. systematically attack voting rights to make it harder for young people and minorities and the poor to vote.
embraced wild conspiracy theories like those surrounding benghazi. >> sandra: former president obama slamming gop lawmakers over what he says is their obsession with the benghazi attack calling it a wild conspiracy theory and that's not sitting well with a lot of folks particularly those who were there that horrific night. joining us now is one of the members of the benghazi security team john teigen. how did the former president's comments sit with you. >> you know, it's really not shocking coming from them because it's just what they've been doing the whole time. they try to deflect and rewrite everything to make sure it fits their agenda. it's definitely reckless and very disrespectful to the family members. they lied to them on the tarmac as their bodies were being brought home about the attack and what happened and why it
happened. but again, if it's a conspiracy, ask the family members how they felt. they can't tell you how they feel because it's not a conspiracy. what happened is what happened. the only conspiracy behind it was their deflection of trying to say it was a protest over a video. >> sandra: the comments surely as we can hear did not sit well with you or the former congressman jason chaffetz who suggested that this is the former president, barack obama, attempting to rewrite history. watch. >> it was president obama that took the united states into war with libya and in an interview with chris wallace on fox news president obama said the worst mistake of his presidency was dealing with the aftermath of libya. nobody on the campaign trail brought this up except president obama and he is fundamentally and totally and
wholly wrong. people like tonto and teig and people who put their lives on the line and saved dozens of people. shame on the president for saying that. >> sandra: he is referencing chris, one of the heroes from that night who watched his friends die. he called the comments from the former president disgusting. just wanted to get your reaction to that. >> it is totally disgusting. we sat there for eight hours direct contact with the enemy, 13 hours overall. we were waiting for support. ambassador stevens was expecting support, some kind of backup. they call in his friend and they didn't do anything. it's just a lack of leadership and understanding of the situation that was going on over there. they had marines ready to go. made them change uniform three times. their leadership -- i wouldn't call it a leadership. it was a total lack of leadership. the comprehension of the situation on the ground didn't
have it or didn't care. obama is probably more worried about getting reelected than helping us and the same with hillary clinton. she was more worried about her next run when she was going to run for office once he was done. it is just -- they have just total disrespect and it is again it is another smack in the face to everything that we did over there and they are just trying to deflect what truly happened to make themselves look good. >> sandra: and here we are six years later, 17 years after 9/11. we've been honoring the fallen and those who fight on our battlefields this morning in the aftermath of 9/11 and here we are six years after the attacks in benghazi also took place on september 11th. if you could as we look at those four fallen americans, could you look back for us six years later and your thoughts today, john? >> my thoughts on it is just we have to pick up and move
forward. can't really dwell on the past and what really happened. just by honoring the guys who did fall you keep pushing forward, you never quit and you carry on the load. you carry what those couldn't do and you just move forward. that's the biggest thing and they would want us to do the same thing, never quit. pick up and move on. >> sandra: such a powerful message coming from someone like you who was right there. what is your message, how do you move forward? >> you move forward by honoring the guys that did fall. i'm not going to quit. me quitting would totally dishonor the guys that gave their lives for the rest of us and that's what i do. i push forward with my foundation beyond the battlefield to help veterans and that's my biggest thing. i just always want to help others and do what's best. >> sandra: thank you for what you did and for being on the program this morning.
>> bill: as you are talking they're still reading the names in lower manhattan on this september 11th. more on that coverage in a moment. this as we watch new york city. from los angeles the police department there releasing disturbing new video of an officer shot during a traffic stop. how the scene unfolded and the rest of this video in a live report coming up next. stand by. >> teacher: let's turn in your science papers. >> tech vo: this teacher always puts her students first. >> student: i did mine on volcanoes. >> teacher: you did?! oh, i can't wait to read it. >> tech vo: so when she had auto glass damage... she chose safelite. with safelite, she could see exactly when we'd be there. >> teacher: you must be pascal. >> tech: yes ma'am. >> tech vo: saving her time... [honk, honk] >> kids: bye! >> tech vo: ...so she can save the science project. >> kids: whoa! >> kids vo: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace ♪
in lower manhattan this morning. president trump earlier at shanksville, pennsylvania making remarks welcoming the new addition to the flight 93 memorial site. we've seen ceremonies on ground zero, which continues now, the pentagon, shanksville this morning. the president designating patriot day 2018 on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks nearly two decades later we remember. >> bill: six minutes before the hour. shocking new reminder the dangerous job police officers have every hour of every day. lapd release a video of an officer being shot and point blank range.
>> bill: that officer was attacked during a traffic stop in july. her partner opened fired and killed the gunman who came out of the car. william la jeunesse -- >> the first thing that stands out is how fast it happens and suddenly routine stop goes bad and how two cops on patrol saved this person's life. one officer will approach on the passenger side. the other will ask the driver to get out of the car and that's when the shooting occurs. >> can i have you step out of the vehicle? you don't have anything on you, right?
>> in slow motion you will see that the driver shoots one officer before firing at the other in less than two seconds. from her body cam the gun comes out so fast she has no chance to return fire. there is no evidence she even had her weapon out. so finally from another angle you'll see the driver did have his hands up seemingly the entire time. out of his pocket or waistband he pulls the .38 and fires. the officer is shot in the leg and survives. the suspect died. >> bill: remarkable reality on that camera. william la jeunesse, thank you from los angeles on that today. >> sandra: we'll be right back.
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