US President Joe Biden emphasized this Monday, on the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, that the people of the country have shown that the United States never bows or gives in.
“The determination of the American people has shown that we will never give in; we will never bow,” he said from Alaska, where the Democratic president was stopping after attending the G20 summit in India and his subsequent trip to Vietnam.
These trips, Biden emphasized, “are a central element” of how the United States ensures that it is surrounded by the “broadest range of allies and partners” to help contain threats to its security.
The president emphasized that those who believed that September 11, 2001, would destroy the country were wrong.
“The American soul has the strength we found in the fear of that terrible September day, the will we found in our pain, and the light we saw in our darkest hour,” he noted.
The September 11 attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York killed nearly 3,000 people, in addition to the attack on the Pentagon and a third attack in Pennsylvania.
“Everyone is grieving the loss of a child, a parent, a partner, a brother, a friend, or a colleague,” Biden said, making it clear that despite everything that day, in every corner of the United States, “hands were raised to help wherever they could.
The President called on us to remain united: “We must not succumb to the toxic politics of division; (…) we must never allow ourselves to be divided by petty, manufactured grievances,” he concluded from the Elmendorf-Richardson base.