President Donald Trump spoke from the Pentagon on the 16th anniversary of 9/11, paying homage to the victims of the deadliest foreign attack on American soil. But on Sept. 11, 2001, hours after the collapse of the World Trade Center, Trump had a very different reaction (video below).
That day, Trump called into WWOR to discuss the attack, which he said he was able to see from the window of his office.
“I have a window that looks directly at the World Trade Center and I saw this huge explosion,” Trump explained. “I was with a group of people and I really couldn’t even believe it.”
When one of the news anchors asked whether 40 Wall Street — Trump’s skyscraper in Manhattan’s financial district — had sustained any damage, Trump took the opportunity to announce that, with the Twin Towers destroyed, he now had the tallest building in New York City.
“Well it was an amazing phone call I made,” he began. “40 Wall Street actually was the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and actually before the World Trade Center it was the tallest, and then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”
Trump went on to admit that he was initially “disappointed” when the stock exchange was shut down in the wake of the attack before lamenting the damage done to the New York skyline.
“I think one of the very sad things is gonna be when you look at the skyline of New York, which has become so emblazoned in your own memory … and you see these two buildings, whether you love them or don’t love them,
they were a great part of the skyline,” he said. “And then when you look at the skyline after 2001, you’re gonna see a skyline without these two buildings, you’re gonna say, ‘What happened?’ People won’t believe it.”
Trump was also asked how he would respond if he were president of the United States at that time.