Trump marks 9/11 on Air Force One


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(Alex Brandon/AP Photo) Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visits with members of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Company's Station 627 after he visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on September 11, 2020.

US Army Sgt. Edwin Morales, center right, salutes after placing flowers for fallen FDNY firefighter Ruben D. Correa at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, September 11, 2020, in NY.

The passengers had fought back against radical Islamist suicide hijackers while the aircraft was 18 minutes away from its intended target in Washington, either the Capitol or the White House. Trump visited Shanksville for the 9/11 anniversary in 2018, and has attended memorial ceremonies at the Pentagon.

Vice President Mike Pence also attended the ceremony in New York City on Friday morning, and he and Biden briefly bumped elbows in greeting. "I think when history looks back on this, the lack of situational awareness at that time is going to be remembered as the great failing, because we had to assume that it was spreading far more widely in the United States at that point in time than it was".

In New York - where the nation's deadliest coronavirus spike early happened this spring but has since been fairly well contained - leaders of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum said their plan for a no-reading ceremony would honour both virus precautions and 9-11 families' attachment to being at ground zero on the anniversary.

Penned by American journalist Bob Woodward, the book "Rage" to be launched on September 15 has stirred several controversies around Trump's presidency, weeks before the U.S. election to be held on November 3. Leaders said they wanted to keep readers and listeners from clustering at a stage.

Biden plans to pay respects at the Pennsylvania memorial after attending the 9/11 observance in NY.

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At the September 11 memorial in NY hours earlier, Biden offered condolences to victims' relatives including Amanda Barreto, 27, and 90-year-old Maria Fisher, empathizing with their loss of loved ones.

Biden didn't speak at the ceremony, which has a longstanding custom of not allowing politicians to make remarks.

The twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City crumbled and the Pentagon in Virginia was seriously damaged, resulting in thousands of deaths and countless additional long-term health and financial hardships for victims and first responders.

Pence went on to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation ceremony, where he read the Bible's 23rd Psalm, and his wife Karen read a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes.

At the NY memorial, thousands were still invited.

Memorial President Alice Greenwald later said the organization "should have approached this issue differently".

Prominent US journalist Bob Woodward was forced to defend himself following claims in his book on US President Donald Trump that said that Trump downplayed the coronavirus crisis despite knowing its severity. While there's no official gathering to view the lights, the memorial cited virus risks to the installation crew.