On the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, the Trump administration remembered and honored those who perished in the attacks. The day began with a moment of silence at the White House. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania and other members of the Trump administration attended the Pentagon to hold a speech in front of the building and memorial to the plane that crashed into the building, taking the lives of 125 people.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also took to the stage along side President Trump.
Mattis began his speech commemorating the lives of nearly 3,000 people which were taken that morning around the country. He criticized the “temporizing” of the fight against radical Islam, a clear jab at the prior administration. Mattis, known to be blunt said, “we Americans are not made of cotton candy. We are not seaweed drifting in the current; we are not intimidated by our enemies.”
As he took a moment, he looked over at President Trump and said:
“Mr. President, your military does not scare.”
As Mattis continued, he said how the current U.S. troops are “worthy successors of our Revolutionary army at Valley Forge, worthy successors of our valiant sailors at Midway, and our Marines at bloody Iwo Jima.” He also said that the men and women joining the military signed a “blank check” to protect the U.S., which is payment by their life. This all explaining to the president and the audience that their military is ready to defend our nation.
Mattis’ speech is below: