After passing the Senate and House of Represenatives, legislation ensuring permanent funding for the healthcare of first responders during the September 11 attacks went to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature.
While the passage of the bipartisan bill was a victory for American heroes, the signing ceremony highlighted an ongoing problem with Trump's claims about his actions during one of the most infamous days in American history.
It started with Trump's assertion that he went to Ground Zero shortly after the attacks.
Trump claims without evidence to an audience that includes 9/11 first responders: "I was down there [at Ground Zero… https://t.co/hI04nMXSg7— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1564410846.0
This contradicts a statement from a Trump presidential rally in which he claimed to watch the attack and its aftermath from his apartment in Trump Tower—four miles away.
"I was down there also," Trump told the responders, "But I'm not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you."
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump Trump said he saw it happen from his apartment, which is four miles away. And as far a… https://t.co/oTjsH2u6Bg— Max Kennerly (@Max Kennerly) 1564412483.0
It's also well documented that Trump called into a news station to brag that Trump Tower became the tallest building in Manhattan with the fall of the World Trade Center.
Trump lies this morning in the WH rose garden suggesting he was one of the first responders on 9/11. Here’s tape… https://t.co/GGTBoMeTDB— Vince Revilo (@Vince Revilo) 1564423369.0
Trump did visit the site on Semptember 13 to be interviewed by television stations, making vague claims at the time (and years after) that he had organized over 100 men to help search through the rubble.
Here’s Trump in April 2016 claiming that he helped “clear the rubble” at Ground Zero and was afraid the buildings w… https://t.co/WlpXxJTgaw— Dan Lavoie (@Dan Lavoie) 1564412600.0
It wasn't the only time Trump has made a questionable claim regarding 9/11.
He once claimed to have lost "hundreds of friends" in the attacks. If this is true, he didn't attend any of their funerals, as MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, who called the claim an "evil lie," pointed out last year.
There isnt really a lot of evidence that Trump was "down there" There is lots of evidence that Trump lies about 9/… https://t.co/vSVyaetqU7— Snarky Ginger (@Snarky Ginger) 1564422596.0
Trump also frequently repeated on the 2016 campaign trail that Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating the attacks. This was completely false.
Still remember how just mere hours after the towers fell, Trump bragged about his building being the tallest. And h… https://t.co/iQbZonNTnB— A Little Royal (@A Little Royal) 1564162698.0
Suddenly all of Trump's 9/11 lies are coming back to haunt him.
Trump's contributions to 9/11 Boasted he had the tallest building in NYC Lied about seeing Muslims celebrating in N… https://t.co/cGxRltgejy— Ocular Nervosa (@Ocular Nervosa) 1564423973.0
Trump was not "down there" during 9/11 with first responders, and the only role he played was bragging on TV that h… https://t.co/Xyge39HlZQ— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid) 1564413502.0
Trump stays weird when it comes to 9/11 https://t.co/VXaqCMHFvV— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show) 1564414962.0
He concluded the signing ceremony with an extremely tactless joke.
Just before signing the 9/11 victims compensation bill, Trump jokes with the first responders and their families th… https://t.co/Fn6tb4kP43— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1564410739.0
What a day.