Some political commentators have raised concerns about President Joe Biden’s recent actions, suggesting that they may indicate a reluctance to seek a second term in office. These concerns range from his failure to visit the scene of a toxic train derailment in Pennsylvania to his “no comment” response to the fires in Maui and an incident where he appeared to fall asleep during a memorial service in Lahaina.
President Biden’s decision to prioritize a trip to Vietnam over attending 9/11 tribute ceremonies in the United States has further fueled speculation. Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy highlighted this decision, drawing criticism from many who still bear the emotional scars of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
When questioning a White House official about President Biden’s absence from the 9/11 commemorations at the attack sites, Doocy received the response that drew a parallel to how, 22 years after Pearl Harbor, U.S. presidents were not regularly visiting Hawaii.
According to a report from Trending Politics, New York City Mayor Eric Adams expressed skepticism about the White House’s decision, suggesting that Biden may have avoided the New York City ceremony to sidestep questions about his handling of border security.
In President Trump’s time in office, he was notably visible at 9/11 tribute ceremonies and signed legislation providing compensation for 9/11 victims until the year 2092. Trump also reportedly personally funded efforts to search through the rubble, aiding in the rescue and recovery of survivors and the remains of those lost in the attacks.
Trump’s commitment to these ceremonies and his proactive involvement in recovery efforts stood in stark contrast to some of the criticisms raised about President Biden’s recent actions and decisions.