WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday remembered the thousands of people killed 18 years ago on Sept. 11 when terrorists hijacked planes and warned that any other terrorist who comes to the United States would be met with a force “the likes of which the United States has never used before.”
Mr. Trump delivered his remarks at the Pentagon days after canceling peace talks with the Taliban, the group that ruled Afghanistan in 2001 and provided a haven for Al Qaeda, the terrorist group that hijacked planes and flew them into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center in New York and a field in Pennsylvania.
“If for any reason, they come back to our country, we will go to wherever they are, and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before,” Mr. Trump said. “And I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them.”
The president said he canceled the meeting with Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David after learning an American soldier and 11 other people were killed in an attack in Kabul on Sept. 5. Critics had seized on the appearance of holding the talks at Camp David so close to the anniversary.
Before his visit to the Pentagon, the president and the first lady, Melania Trump, held a moment of silence on the south lawn of the White House.
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