Viral Video: Donald Trump's Ground Zero Interview Hours After 9/11 Attacks

  • by: Alan Duke

Donald Trump's remarks to a German TV reporter just hours after two hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, offer insight into the demeanor and mind of the GOP's 2016 presidential frontrunner.

Trump told reporter Stephan Bachenheimer that his hometown would quickly rebound from the collapse of the huge buildings that killed nearly 3,000 people. "New York is very strong and resilient and they'll rebuild very quickly."

Trump was asked how the United States should respond: "They have to respond quickly and effectively, they have to find out exactly what the cause was, who did it and they have to go after these people, because there is no other choice, and then secondly and must less importantly, we have to rebuild in some form that will be just as majestic as the World Trade Center."

The reporter also asked Trump to explain how two passenger jets could cause the collapse of the twin towers. "It's tremendous power and tremendous heat, and people were willing to die and when they're willing to die and when they're willing to become kamikazes of a sense there's very little you can do about it," Trump said.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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