An audio interview has resurfaced of President Donald Trump falsely showboating about how one of his buildings was the tallest in New York just hours after the World Trade Center had collapsed on September 11, 2001.
Trump called into New Jersey television station WWOR to make tone deaf comments and boast about 40 Wall Street on the afternoon immediately after the terror attacks.
’40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest,’ he said. ‘And now it’s the tallest.’
That claim later turned out to be false. At 952ft, 70 Pine Street stood around 25 feet higher than 40 Wall Street after the attack, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
He also claimed $150,000 from the government, originally set aside to help small businesses, to cover ‘rent loss’ and ‘repairs’.
More than a decade later, Trump – by then a reality TV star and host of The Apprentice – tweeted a bizarre message out to the ‘haters and losers’ on the anniversary of the terror attack.
‘I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th,’ he wrote.
During his presidential election campaign, in November 2015, Trump notoriously claimed he’d seen thousands of Muslims cheering for the attack in New Jersey.
‘I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,’ he said at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama.
He later claimed the cheers came from areas with ‘large Arab populations’.
Many New Jersey residents, and police representatives, have refuted the claim.
The president would later go onto claim in 2016 that he lost ‘hundreds’ of friends in 9/11 which would work out that he knew around one in ten of the almost three thousand people who died.
Meanwhile, he has failed to name a single person he lost in the tragedy.
In 2016 he made another dubious claim, saying that 9/11 would never have happened under his immigration policy – despite the fact that 15 of the 19 terrorists involved were actually citizens of Saudi Arabia – a country omitted from his travel ban.
‘Those people that knocked down the World Trade Centre most likely under the Trump policy wouldn’t have been here to knock down the World Trade Center, just so you understand,’ he said.
He has also blamed past presidents including George Bush and Bill Clinton for failing to prevent the attack.