By Richard HarrisPresident Donald Trump has addressed the US Congress with a rare address to a joint session of Congress.
The president was joined by his wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief of staff Reince Priebus.
“The Congress has been a source of strength and opportunity in our country, but the day we leave on September 12, we leave behind a nation that is broken,” Mr Trump said.
“And that is the foundation upon which the United States of America was built, and that is what we are going to leave behind.”
We will leave behind an America that is more secure and stronger than it has ever been before.
“Our nation is not perfect.
Our people are not perfect, but we will be better than ever.”
The speech was a rare opportunity for the president to discuss the 9/11 attacks, but it also came at a crucial time for the administration.
Mr Trump and his top aides have been criticised for not having released a joint statement following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC.
“I do not think there is a day that goes by that I do not consider that there was not a day in this country that went by where we did not have people who died in vain, where we failed to act,” Mr Priebus told a small crowd in the Rose Garden on Monday.
Mr Priebus said that the president would soon be releasing a “faster and more effective” statement, but did not elaborate on what it would be.
“What I would tell you is that he is coming out with a statement that is going to be fast and more efficient,” Mr Bannon told reporters on Monday, adding that the next day the president was expected to release his own statement.
“He’s not going to say that it was a horrible day for America, but I’m sure it was horrible,” he added.
Mr Bannon said the next “president” would be elected in 2020, but that Mr Trump was “not the person that you would elect in 2020”.
Mr Priebus was criticised by the president for not releasing a statement following his son’s death, and he said he would be releasing his own.
“This was not my decision,” Mr Obama told reporters at the White House on Sunday, adding he would release a statement “in due course”.
“We are going after the terrorist networks that have carried out this terrible crime, we are targeting ISIL in Syria, and we are also going after Al-Qaida, we will continue to work together to defeat them,” he said.
Mr Obama also criticised the media for covering up the story of Mr Trump’s son’s suicide bombing at the Pentagon.
“As you know, my son was not in the Army,” he told reporters.
“But I think the media has been very dishonest.
They have not said that his father was in the military.
They said he was in some kind of military unit, but he was not,” Mr O’Reilly said.
President Trump is expected to deliver a farewell address on Monday evening, and the president’s son- in-law, Jared Kushner, will attend.
President Joe Biden and the vice-president will attend the speech.
The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, will deliver a speech on Tuesday night.
The Senate is expected on Wednesday to pass a sweeping bill that will extend funding for the government through September.
The White House has been under fire for the absence of a joint national security statement after Mr Trump refused to release a joint written statement following Mr Kushner’s death.
The Trump administration has said Mr Kushner did not ask to be included in the joint statement.
It has also been criticised by Democrats who say the president is trying to distract from his handling of the attack.
In his address, Mr Trump also vowed to fight for his legacy.
“There is no other country on earth that has more to be proud of than the United State of America,” he declared.
“When the American people choose me to be their president, they are choosing the man who will rebuild the American dream, restore our country to greatness, and protect and defend our freedoms,” he continued.
“In doing so, they will be electing a president who will do all of this for their children and their grandchildren, for our country and our people.”