On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence twice referenced “radical Islamic terrorism” at a Pentagon ceremony to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, invoking a favorite phrase of the President Donald Trump.
Pence said that 17 years ago today America fell under attack and 19 radical Islamic terrorists seized control of four commercial airlines to strike the centers of our military our economy and our national government.
Pence said that while the entire nation will always remember the fallen, the victims would also be honored by doing everything in the power of the nation to prevent the evil of radical Islamic terrorism from reaching the shores ever again.
Trump has regularly referenced “radical Islamic terrorism” during his campaign and has always tried to present himself as the tough-on-terror candidate. Even after becoming the President, he continued to use this phrase. However, some of aides, including the former national security adviser H.R. McMaster have expressed reservations about the phrase because it is an implied vilification of an entire religion.
Pence on Tuesday credited the Trump administration and said that Americans should be proud that the enemies inspired by 9/11 have been thrown out, adding that ISIS is still on the run and that their caliphate has crumbled.
Pence added that he was very deeply humbled to attend the national memorial service with second lady Karen Pence on behalf of President Trump.
Pence addressed the gatherers who had lost their close ones during the attacks and said that the nation understands that while everyone suffered a loss that day, but the close ones suffer a special burden.
He also showed them support and said that they do not bear that moment alone, the American people stand with them and always will.
The President Trump, in remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial service in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, made another reference to “radical Islamic terrorism,” by saying that almost 7,000 service members have lost their lives facing down the menace of radical islamic terrorism.
Trump stated it very clearly that America will never submit to tyranny.
Gen. Paul Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hosted the vice president. The names of the 184 people who died at the Pentagon on Sept. 11 2001 were read out by the participants. They laid a wreath and had a moment of silence at 9:37am.
Jim Mattis said that the ceremonies going on around the nation are for remembering all that is good and beautiful about the loved ones lost.