WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump has prolonged on Monday the national emergency with respect to terrorist attacks for another year, according to the White House.
"Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2017," Trump stated. "Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, in response to certain terrorist attacks."
The document has been sent to the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress on Monday.
The state of emergency, which gives the president additional powers in dealing with terrorism threat, has continued in full force and effect from September 14, 2001 to the present.
On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger jets in the United States, crashing two in New York City's World Trade Center and the one in the Pentagon. The fourth jet crashed in a field near the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The number of people killed as a result of the terrorist attacks amounted to 2,977, including 343 firefighters, 60 policemen and foreigners that were in the United States on that day from 92 countries.