- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used her weekly press conference on Thursday to rhetorically downgrade the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to an “incident.”

A discussion on the Trump administration’s immigration policies took a macabre turn when the California Democrat focused on the deadly terror attacks orchestrated by Osama bin Laden. Mrs. Pelosi claimed that Republicans were historically weaker on border security than Democrats because they balked on some of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations.

“We have a responsibility to protect our borders. All of our borders,” Mrs. Pelosi said. “Let’s make no mistake about that. Democrats have been strong on that point. All of our borders. In fact, I said to some of you before, when we had the 9/11 incident and the commission was formed — and they made their recommendations — they made recommendations to protect America, but the Republicans would never take them up. And some of it was about our borders. The Republicans would never take them up.”

The lawmaker said it wasn’t until 2006 that appropriate border security legislation was pursued.

“It took until we won in ‘06 — first bill on the floor, H.R. 1 — to enact the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission,” she said.

The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks by al Qaeda killed 2,977 victims in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Bin Laden was killed May 2, 2011, by SEAL Team 6 during Operation Neptune’s Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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