President Donald Trump has always made controversial statements on almost on all occasion that’s his way making news, but his latest comment in In a lengthy interview with the Associated Press (AP), was particularly in bad taste.
During an interview that was published in full on Sunday, President Donald Trump invoked the 9/11 attacks in a disturbing way. The interview question touched on multiple topics concerning domestic and foreign policy and Trump’s perception about White House and more importantly the job he has done in his first 100 days in Oval office.
The interview went as per the expectation that filled with Trump’s boasting of how great of a president he was and his opinion of the media’s coverage of his administration. But one moment in the interview that hurt the sentiment of every American.
When AP reporter Julie Pace asked a question regarding the intense coverage of the Trump White House, as usually, Trump bragged about his presidency that had been managing to get record-high TV ratings on cable networks which were considerably (according to him) gaining larger numbers of Americans tune in to hear the latest about his administration. In an attempt to exaggerate his achievements he just crossed the line by proudly stating that CBS’ Face the Nation had the highest ratings since 9/11 as a result of covering the Trump presidency.
“[Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace] had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, [Face the Nation host John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation,’” said Trump to Pace. “It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”
However, to note this wasn’t the first time that he used 9/11 tragedy to boost his own brand. Washington Post reported last fall that Trump bragged that one of his buildings was officially the tallest in the city following the collapse of the twin towers — the same day the towers fell.
“40 Wall St. actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was, actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest,” Trump told WWOR-TV in New York when reporters shot a question whether his properties were damaged from the attacks. “And then when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest, and now it’s the tallest.”