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President Donald Trump marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by observing a moment of silence and participating in a ceremony at the Pentagon. He’s also getting an update on Irma, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
At 8:46 a.m. — the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center 16 years ago — Trump and his wife Melania bowed their heads in silence at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. A White House pool report said many others were in attendance, including National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
At the Pentagon for a separate observance, the president said the U.S. won’t be intimidated by foes who would seek to harm the country. “Those who try will soon join the long list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle,” he said.
Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but is heading for Georgia and Alabama after battering Florida. Trump will be updated on the storm as federal officials manage response efforts. Returning to the White House on Sunday from Camp David, Trump dismissed a question about the bill for the storm.
“Right now, we’re worried about lives, not cost,” he said.
Read: Hurricane Irma leaves almost half of Florida in darkness as it heads for Georgia.
And: Harvey, Irma could ding U.S. economy for combined $290 billion.
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