In a Sept. 13, 2001 interview, just two days removed from the tragedy of 9/11, Donald Trump took time to reflect on America’s tragedy, but emphasized a focus on it’s time to rebuild.
“It’s like a whole different city and world,” Trump said. “I cannot believe the sight of lower Manhattan without the World Trade Center. Therefore, we have to rebuild. Not necessarily in that form, but we have to rebuild. At least as good and maybe better.”
For those who are interested and care to know, Trump actually submitted a design for a structure similar to the World Trade Center, but it was ultimately passed over in favor of the current Freedom Tower.
Nevertheless, in the interview, Trump’s primary focus was on the brave men putting in all the dangerous work at ground zero, digging through the debris in order to retrieve the dead and, hopefully, the living.
“I have hundreds of men inside working right now and we’re bringing down another 125 in a little while. They’ve never done work like this before,” Trump said. “Its terrible.”
“Not only is it devastating, but its very dangerous because every few minutes a whistle would go off and everybody would just run because you have all the buildings around it which are in such a weakened state that people just don’t know,” he said.
“But I’ll tell you what, you really can take heart,” he added. “There firefighters and policemen and the construction workers equally, the courage they have is unbelievable. They’re working, digging out, and lifting up steel. And above them you have 55-story buildings that are very possibly going to be pouring down on them at any minute and they’re working like nothing’s wrong. They’re amazing.”
Amazing, indeed, Mr. Trump. May we #NeverForget who the real heroes are.