Some of Trump’s supporters who attended his Michigan event last night said they believed coronavirus was “fake.”
CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked multiple attendees why they were not wearing masks at the large event in Freeland, Michigan.
“Because there’s no Covid,” one attendee said. “It’s a fake pandemic, created to destroy the United States of America,.”
Acosta noted the president told Bob Woodward in February that coronavirus is “deadly.” The man replied, “That’s his opinion.”
Another attendee was asked by Acosta if he was worried about his safety, being at a large event without a mask on. “The good Lord takes care of me,” the man said. “If I die, I die.”
As politicians commemorate the 19th anniversary of September 11, wildfires continue to rage across the west coast.
At least 20 people have already died in the fires, and hundreds of thousands have been ordered to evacuate.
Washington governor Jay Inslee, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination on a climate-focused platform, said, “We talk about this as wildfires, we have to start thinking about it as more of a climate fire.”
For the latest on the fires, follow the Guardian’s live blog:
Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris spoke at a remembrance ceremony in Fairfax, Virginia, this morning.
The California Democrat recounted the morning of September 11. She said she was at the gym when the images from the World Trade Center started appearing on screens.
“We all stood around in utter disbelief,” Harris said. “Strangers were hugging each other.”
Trump finished his remarks and has laid a wreath at the memorial.
Then he grasped the hand of his wife, Melania, who was standing alongside him, in a black belted trench coat. The two then solemnly and slowly walked away, towards awaiting vehicles.
The president is wearing a navy suit and a dark maroon tie, a departure from his usual habit of wearing red or light blue ties.
The ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center in New York is still going on.
Trump just wrapped up his prepared remarks at the Flight 93 commemoration in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The president told those assembled to honor the 40 passengers who died on September 11, “Our sacred task, our righteous duty, and our solemn pledge, is to carry forward the noble legacy of the brave souls who gave their lives for us 19 years ago.”
The president and the first lady then participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Wall of Names, which lists those lost from Flight 93.
Donald Trump talks at commemoration near Shanksville, Pennsylvania
The president is making a prepared speech now at the Flight 93 national memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the fourth hijacked jet crashed on 9/11, brought down when passengers rushed the terrorists on board.
“The community linked arms and hearts in the face of tragedy,” he said.
He talked of rescuers that day approaching the wreckage of the attacks on New York, the Pentagon just outside Washington, and the plane crash in Pennsylvania an encountering “Hell on Earth”.
At the 9/11 commemoration in Shanksville, the names of each of the 40 passengers of Flight 93 were read aloud as a bell tolled to mark their deaths.
The audience then observed a moment of silence to honor those who died on Flight 93, 19 years ago today.
Trump is expected to soon deliver remarks at the site.
The president and the first lady have arrived at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The Trumps walked along the Wall of Names honoring those who died 19 years ago today before taking their places onstage.
While attending a 9/11 commemoration this morning, Joe Biden spoke to a 90-year-old woman who lost her son on that tragic day 19 years ago.
The Democratic nominee handed the woman the rose he had been holding and mentioned that he also lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer in 2015.
“It never goes away, does it?” Biden said.
Biden is no stranger to tragedy, having lost his first wife and young daughter in a car accident in 1972 before Beau’s death to brain cancer.
The Democrat has made understanding grief a central theme of his campaign, as the country’s coronavirus death toll nears 200,000.
This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Martin Belam.
About 200 White House staffers gathered on the South Lawn this morning to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 am, which is the the time when a plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center 19 years ago today.
Here are some pictures of the emotional scenes as the nation remembered 9/11 this morning.
Ceremonies are taking place in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump will both attend the Flight 93 national memorial in Shanksville today, but their itineraries keep them apart. Biden did, however meet with vice president Mike Pence at the New York memorial this morning.
The former vice president was accompanied by his wife.
The scenes of remembrance were echoed around the country.
The House marked the moment with silence as well.
The president observed a moment of silence on Air Force One while in transit to Pennsylvania.
And that is it from me this morning, I’m handing over now to my colleague Joan Greve. Stay safe, take care, and I will be back next week.