The former president, Donald Trump, a New York native, spoke briefly today, September 11, 2021 before a group of NYPD officers after the memorial service to honour victims of 9/11 terrorist attack.
Trump hinted that he might run for president again in 2024 during a visit on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) 17th precinct.
He spoke briefly about the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the recent Afghanistan withdrawal and took questions from the police officers.
Trump called the 20th anniversary of 9/11 a “very sad day for a lot of reasons,” referring to both the attack and the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in recent weeks, and praised the brave NYPD officers.
“I grew up with you and you are New York’s finest. You’re incredible people. I know many of you,” said Trump.
Trump also called Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan “gross incompetence” and criticized other aspects of the U.S. withdrawal.
When asked by a NYPC officer whether he’d run for president a second time, Trump responded, “That’s a tough question.”
“Actually, for me, it’s an easy question. I mean, I know what I’m going to do, but I’m not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws, which, frankly, are ridiculous,” said Trump.
“But I think you’re going to be happy,” the former president said.
Trump went on to tout the economy, national jobs numbers, regulatory rollbacks and increased financing for the military under his administration.
He also suggested that his administration was “getting along with the other side” while he was in office.
Trump use the occasion to hint that and his allies have previously implied that he will run again in 2024.