President Donald Trump on Monday got called out for making a "delusional" statement to a group of first responders during a signing ceremony to commemorate legislation that will permanently authorize the September 11th victim compensation fund.
During the ceremony, Trump claimed that he was at the site of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks nearly 18 years ago assisting the police and fire fighters who were helping to rescue people.
"Many of those affected were fire fighters, police officers, and other first responders," the president said. "And I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there, I spent a lot of time down there with you."
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There is no evidence that Trump helped search for survivors at Ground Zero, and retired New York City Fire Department Deputy Chief Richard Alles told Snopes last year that he never heard of a group of rescuers hired by Trump to help out. Additionally, Alles said that additional help from private responders was not necessary.
Twitter users quickly slammed Trump for claiming that he was helping 9/11 responders -- check out the top reactions below.
@atrupar This fool is getting more and more delusional. 45, not you Aaron.— Jenn (@Jenn)1564410150.0
Because it was all for show. Trump made a spectacle of it. He doesn't care about 9/11 victims. He lied about seei… https://t.co/eMJDkUIy0c— kj martin - Yes we did (@kj martin - Yes we did)1564412436.0
That President* Trump is supposedly managing to screw up this morning's 9-11 first responder funding ceremony shoul… https://t.co/9r2YF5Ahpk— John Gunn (@John Gunn)1564412377.0
Trump was not “down there” in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. If he were there would be video. He is lying. And it… https://t.co/iFNVNyBpqZ— Brian Bruce (@Brian Bruce)1564412369.0
@EmmaKennedy @Cinnamongirl309 What a piece of shit. It's always about @realDonaldTrump . Everybody knows that germ… https://t.co/biKiprUIUS— Bix Beiderbeck #MaskOn #MaskUp (@Bix Beiderbeck #MaskOn #MaskUp)1564412352.0