As Joe Biden spent Saturday looking for photo opportunities with the “Presidents Club,” Donald Trump visited officers on duty at NYPD’s 17th Precinct. During his time in Manhattan, Trump asked why Biden did not bother to speak in recognition of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Trump said to the audience that Biden “turned victory into a total embarrassment,” referring to the botched withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan as “the most embarrassing moment in the history of our country.”
Former President Donald Trump visits a New York Police Department precinct to show support for first responders on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. pic.twitter.com/xZniXBzm1v
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Trump said that he watched some of the speeches from earlier in the day by establishment figures, noting that they were trying not to mention the chaotic withdrawal, which is “a tough thing to do.”
Referencing the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Trump said that he thought Biden “wanted to run because he wanted to look good today.” He recalled his negotiations with the Taliban when he was president and said, “From that day on, we didn’t have one soldier killed.”
He added that if the United States had maintained the position he established with the Taliban, forces could have been withdrawn with no one being killed and “100 percent of our equipment.”
The former president said that he wanted the war in Afghanistan to be ended “more than anybody and for a longer time.” He added that although the U.S. “should have never been there,” we should have withdrawn with “honor, dignity, strength, and victory.”
Trump enjoyed the energy present in the group of officers and enthusiastically told them that if “they let you do your job, you wouldn’t have crime in New York!”
When someone in the crowd asked him if he would ever be interested in running for mayor of New York City, Trump responded, “I would love that!” About the city’s current uptick in violent crime, he said that it is “hurting our city very badly” and that he would tell the officers “good luck” and “go to town” against the crime plaguing the city.
Trump stood in close quarters for officers for a photo and joked with officers that he was “not catching anything from you.” He got a round of laughter when he added, “If I do, I’ll come back and blame you!”
He wrote “I love you all!” in the precinct logbook just above a large autograph.
Trump told the enthusiastic audience that he “loves the blue, I’ll say it out loud.” The officers on site lined up outside the station house to greet Trump and pose for photos as he made his way next door to FDNY Ladder Company 2, where he also signed autographs and took selfies with firefighters.