Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say '9/11 Attack Was The Work Of The United States'

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say '9/11 Attack Was The Work Of The United States' Never Said It

Did Donald Trump say the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were the "work of the United States" during a New Hampshire campaign stop in January 2024? No, that's not true: There is no credible evidence or statement from the former president making such a claim. Trump's comments as claimed in a social media post were either faked, taken out of context or misrepresented.

The claim appeared in a post and video (archived here) published on X by Willem on January 25, 2024. The post's caption said:

And now I really start to worry about Donald Trump's life.


Donald Trump: 'So I went 4 years keeping my mouth shut on that particular subject but now I talk about it all the time, we had no attacks on the WTC (twin towers), we didn't have the attacks like you've seen, and there was no evidence that other countries were involved..... but we ended up getting dragged into a war in the Middle East... We spent $9 trillion, we killed millions of people including our side, their side,...and what did we get? Nothing. All we got was death and blood.'

The former U.S. president called the country's foreign policy a disgrace, noting how the current government has once again become embroiled in the Middle East conflict.



This is what the post looked like on X (formerly Twitter) at the time of writing:


(Source: X screenshot taken on Mon Jan 29 16:17:53 2024 UTC)

The video

The 72-second clip, which comes from a much longer speech by Trump that lasted well over an hour, presents the former president's words either out of context or falsified. He neither said nor suggested, "THE 9/11 ATTACK WAS THE WORK OF THE UNITED STATES." The comments attributed as quotes in the social media post are, in some cases, sloppy paraphrasing, while in one particular case, it was simply made up. Trump never said, "there was no evidence that other countries were involved."

This section of the video comes from a part of the address when Trump was discussing the travel ban he imposed on Muslim-majority countries early in his administration.

New Hampshire campaign stop

Trump's comments were made during a January 22, 2024, campaign stop in Laconia, New Hampshire, just a day ahead of the state's primary election. The full speech (archived here) can be found on the Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) YouTube channel.

Here's what the former president was talking about immediately before the clip found in the post on X. It begins at 24:30 into the longer video:

When I was there [White House], four years, I wanted to talk so much. We had no terrorism. We had no attacks. We had nothing and ... we had the Trump travel ban and we called it the terror ban. Right?

The full video then continues with the same section of the clip found in the post. Trump continues:

We wanted to stop terror from coming into our country, but I couldn't talk about it because I didn't want to do that, and then the following day something happens.

So, I went four years keeping my mouth shut on that particular subject, but now I talk about it all the time. We had no attacks. We didn't have a World Trade Center. We didn't have the attacks like you've seen, and certainly that you see in other countries.

And, by the way, now we're getting involved again in the Middle East. Look what's happening. You're getting involved. Here we go again with the Middle East. We spent $9 trillion, killed millions of people, including our side, their side, millions of people, $9 trillion. You know what we got? Nothing. Nothing. You got death, you got blood. You got nothing.

And it just, we spent our blood and our treasure, as they say, our blood and our treasure. Our blood is more important than our treasure. That it's a shame. It's a shame. I beat ISIS. You're right. Thank you for telling me that. You're right. I was getting to that, but very good. He's sharp, this one. Thank you. We did, we beat the hell out of ISIS. It was supposed to take four to five years. We got it done in four months, I'd say. Four months. One hundred percent of the ISIS caliphate.

You can watch the clip in context in the embedded video below:

Google searches

A Google News search (archived here) on January 29, 2024, using the terms "THE 9/11 ATTACK WAS THE WORK OF THE UNITED STATES," found no results matching the claims in the post on X.

A regular Google search (archived here) also found no credible results confirming that Trump made the same or similar comments.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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