Trump visits NYC fire station on 9/11

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Former US president Donald Trump has commemorated the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by visiting a fire station and police precinct in New York, where he criticised his successor for the way US forces pulled out of Afghanistan last month.

Trump skipped joining President Joe Biden and two other past presidents at the official 9/11 memorial ceremonies on Saturday at the World Trade Center and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Instead, he travelled several blocks from his Trump Tower building in Manhattan to the 17th police precinct and the neighbouring fire station.

Speaking to officers, Trump criticided the withdrawal from Afghanistan and expressed surprise about why it hadn't come up in other 9/11 memorial speeches.

"It was gross incompetence," he said of the exit.

Trump was asked by the officers whether he plans to launch a comeback run for the White House in 2024 - or for mayor of New York.

He said it was an easy decision that would make them happy.

"If I catch COVID it's because of you," Trump said as he posed for photos with police officers.

Trump planned to end the day in Florida, where he is providing commentary on a boxing match.

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