Bolton aides departing the National Security Council
Trump 's abrupt firing of his national security adviser, John Bolton .
At least two of Bolton's closest aides to the National Security Council have announced they will leave their roles.
Trump's acting chief of staff said that there would not be mass firings at the agency in light of Bolton's departure, but the former national security adviser's allies likely see little reason to stick around.
2020 Democrats share 9/11 memories
Several Democratic presidential candidates have honored their honor of the 9/11 attacks.
"I was a sophomore at college when the plan hit. My roommates and sat transfixed on a futon, glued to the horror unfolding on NBC's Today Show, " wrote Pete Buttigieg, a veteran who served in Afghanistan.
"Years later, I would find myself carrying M-4 in Kabul, Afghanistan – the country that had conceived the unimaginable attacks against other human beings. But in that moment I just sat there, stunned. "
Several other Democratic candidates expressed their gratitude for the first responders and remembered the attacks' victims.
And Bernie Sanders Used the anniversary as an opportunity to discuss his foreign policy proposals:
A New York Times reporter who previously covered the World Trade Center said Trump visiting the site.
So she drew a distinction between Trump and the first responders who came to the aid of the attacks' victims:
Trump repeats dubious claim about visiting Ground Zero
Trump CNBC when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.
"I was looking at a second-hand building in Midtown Manhattan right at the World Trade Center when I saw the second plane at the second tower," Trump said.
He continued: "Soon after I went down to Ground Zero did not work with me. We were not alone. "
Trump said he was" back in July, "signing for the 9/11 first responders' medical report. But Richard Alles, a retired deputy chief with the New York Fire Department, cast doubt on that.
"I spent many months there myself, and I never witnessed him," all told The New York Times in July. "Hey, a private citizen at the time. I do not know what kind of role he could have played. "
Here is Trump 's full Taliban peace talks while speaking at the Pentagon's 9/11 memorial ceremony:
"We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago. I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people. They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is unrelenting weakness. The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before. And that will continue.
"And if for any reason, they will come back to our country, we will go wherever they are, and use them. And I'm not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have anything like what will happen to them.
Trump mentions scrapped Taliban peace talks at Pentagon's 9/11 memorial ceremony
The president has just finished speaking at the Pentagon's memorial ceremonies for the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
It's safe to say he's done the teleprompter a bit. Most notably, Trump The Taliban at Camp David
"We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago," Trump told the crowd at one of the sites of the attacks that "I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people …."
One reporter described the audience's response as "polite."
Joe Biden released a statement in honor of the 9th / 11 anniversary, saying the event "America's iron wants to never bend, never break in the face of terror."
"It's becoming a reminder of who we are as a nation and what are Americans […]
Biden concluded: "This year, on 9/11, we once more honor the memories the United States apart. "
More on that Washington Post / ABC News poll: Joe Biden Trump in a hypothetical match-up, besting the president by 15 points.
Bernie Sanders holds a 9-point lead over Trump, and [19459023ElizabethWarren and Kamala Harris both have 7-point leads. Pete Buttigieg Trumps that fall in the poll's margin of error.
So, the poll is good news for Democrats.
Trump criticizes him for losing to Democratic front-runners
The Fed is not the only thing irking the president this morning. Washington Post / ABC News poll Trump Trailing Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris in hypothetical general election match-ups.
This two-part tweet thread continues several falsehoods, not to mention the derogatory nickname he's throws in for Warren, so let's take one at a time.
First of all, as the blog covered yesterday, the Washington Post / ABC News poll is well regarded. It has an A + rating from the polling and analysis website FiveThirtyEight.
Hillary Clinton would beat Trump nationally by 4 points. Clinton defeated Trump in the popular vote by 2 points.
Third, there is no evidence that pollsters are skeptical about their results in an attempt to undermine Trump.
Fourth, Trump has been campaigning since he took office ,
Fifth, Russia's 2016 election interference
Sixth, Trump has egregiously exaggerated how much Dan Bishop the Republican who won last night's special congressional race in North Carolina, resulting in the polls.
It's amazing how many falsehoods can be stuffed into two 280-character tweets.
Trump slams Fed leaders as 'Boneheads'
Good morning, live blog readers – I hope you 2,997 people lost 18 years ago.
Our president's focus seems to drift towards other topics this morning. While celebrating Donald Trump is lashing out against the leaders of the Federal Reserve as "Boneheads."
The central bank next week after doing so for the first time in a decade during
Trump, who has previously complained that the Fed's chairman, Jerome Powell, supposedly raised interest rates too fast and then lowered them too slowly.
This is very well-trodden territory for Trump. He has been blamed for the slowdown of the US economy, even though the president's trade has been done for more damage in that arena.
the next year is almost on the president's mind, too. Trump is counting on a strong economy to win re-election. If he does not have it, he'll at least need a bogeyman to blame for the slump. Why not the Fed chairman?
Here's what else the blog is keeping its eye on :
- Trump and the first lady are attending a 9/11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon.
- Robert Wilkie,  the VA secretary, wants to continue his five-day trip through Israel.
The blog is watching all that, so stay tuned.