Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a somber September 11th memorial at the Pentagon Tuesday morning and made a promise to members of the Islamic State, or ISIS.
During his address, the vice president spoke of the suffering that America endured on the morning of September 11th and told first-hand accounts of the brave actions of many Americans in the wake of the terror attacks.
Pence told the military audience that the Trump administration had signed the “largest increase in our national defense in a generation” and that “we are giving our men and women in uniform and their commanding officers the resources and rules of engagement they need to fight and win where the perpetrators of this attack found safe haven.”
Pence spoke in front of the very spot on the Pentagon where five hijackers rammed into the Pentagon, killing 125 people in the building and 64 passengers onboard the plane on September 11th, 2001.
“It’s also important to recall that the terrorists of 9/11 inspired new enemies to spread violence and their ideology across the wider world,” Pence warned, “Today every American should be proud that, thanks to the courage of our armed forces and the leadership of our Commander-in-Chief, ISIS is on the run, their caliphate has crumbled and we will soon drive ISIS from the face of the Earth.”
Pence concluded with a blunt warning for those wishing America harm. “The evil that descended on America 17 years ago still lingers in our world,” Pence said, “So to any who would wish us harm, let them know this: As the American people have shown every day since that bright September morning, as President Trump said on these grounds one year ago, in his words, ‘We overcome every challenge. We triumph over every evil. And we remain united as one nation under God.”
Sec. Mattis echoed Pence’s comments saying “Americans do not scare.”
“We followed to the end of the Earth those who sought to break our spirit,” Mattis said stoically, “Together with the families of the fallen, we remember all that is good, all that is true, and all that is beautiful about those we have lost. And if we remember them, if we honor them by living as they would have us live.”