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    'American Defiance': Twitter Explodes Over Trump’s Speech at Flight 93 Memorial

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    During his speech at the site where Flight 93 crashed in 2001, Trump praised the courage of the people who managed to stop the hijackers, calling them "heroes."

    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid tribute to the people aboard Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, fought the plane’s hijackers who planned to ram the aircraft into the US Capitol in Washington, DC, but instead ended up crashing in rural Pennsylvania.

    "Flight 93 was hijacked by evil men bent on terror and conquest. Passengers and crew members began using their phones to call home. In the last 20 minutes, many placed their final calls home, whispering those eternal words, I love you. Some said the Lord’s prayer, and then they bravely charged the cockpit," Trump said as quoted by The Daily Caller, during a speech delivered at the memorial in Shanksville where the plane crashed.

    The president went on to describe how the passengers "attacked the enemy" and "fought until the very end," and how they ultimately "stopped the forces of terror and defeated this wicked, horrible, evil plan."

    "A piece of America’s heart is buried on these grounds, but in its place has grown a new resolve to live our lives with the same grace and courage as the heroes of Flight 93," he said.

    Trump also declared that the plane crash site served as a monument to "American defiance," the media outlet added.

    Twitter users displayed mixed reactions to Trump’s appearance. Some praised the president for paying tribute to the crew and passengers of the ill-fated airliner.

    Others, however, apparently did not believe in Trump’s sincerity and instead used the speech as an opportunity to attack him.

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