When Former President Donald Trump Boasted That He Owned Manhattan’s Tallest Building After 9/11

When Former President Donald Trump Boasted That He Owned Manhattan’s Tallest Building After 9/11
Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by James Devaney

Twenty-two years after the deadly terror strike of 9/11, The United States of America still trembles at the effects of the Twin Towers crashing. Among those reactions, one stands out as particularly unusual. On that day, then-businessman Donald Trump called into the TV station WWOR to discuss the devastating terrorist attacks, but he took an unexpected detour into his real estate ventures.

Image Source: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla
Image Source: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla

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Amid a nation reeling from the destruction of the World Trade Center and the loss of nearly 3,000 lives, Trump's remarks were eccentric, to say the least. He began by making a factually incorrect claim about one of his properties, 40 Wall Street. According to INDEPENDENT, Trump stated, "Well, it was an amazing phone call. I mean, 40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan. And it was actually – before the World Trade Center – was the tallest. And then when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest, and now it’s the tallest." His claim was swiftly debunked by multiple fact-checkers, as 40 Wall Street had never held that distinction.

Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Chip Somodevilla
Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Chip Somodevilla


However, Trump's fixation on his property's height was just the beginning of a peculiar interview that became a stormy affair. He further expressed his disappointment in the closure of the New York Stock Exchange due to the incident of terrorism on the fateful day. His remarks seemed oddly detached from the profound national mourning and crisis that unfolded that day. Trump shared that he witnessed the deadly attack on the towers from the Trump Tower window, which gave a clear view of the ordeal of the World Trade Center back then. He described seeing a massive explosion, his disbelief, and the absence of the iconic Twin Towers from his view. This initial reaction was in line with what one would expect from anyone witnessing such a catastrophic event.


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Things took a wild turn as he shifted his focus to personal matters, including the height of his building and the closure of the stock exchange after the black day. These subsequent comments highlighted the insensitivity posed by the former president per reports. In the wake of this unusual interview, many questioned Trump's priorities at a time of national crisis. Some argued that his comments reflected a tendency to prioritize self-promotion and his business interests, even in moments of profound tragedy.


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Trump's remarks were unconventional as he went on to talk about the historic moment of the country's worst suffering. As the states commemorate the 21st anniversary of 9/11, it is to be noted that the occasion is about remembering the innocent lives lost. Trump's statements, however, remain quirky as always grappling with controversy as he remembered the darkest day of the country.

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