Outrage flowed on social media Monday as a Biden administration official publicly showered Saudi Arabia with praise in a post issued minutes after the 22nd anniversary of the moment a second plane crashed into the World Trade Center.
“We welcome this weekend’s announcement by Saudi Arabia committing $20 billion to support President Biden’s signature initiative, the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGI),” National Security Council representative Adrienne Watson posted at 9:23 a.m.
On 9/11, the Trade Center’s South Tower was struck at 9:03 a.m., while the Pentagon was hit at 9:37 a.m., according to CBS.
With that as the backdrop. Anger flowed on social media at the praise for the Saudis, with one critic noting, “9/11 shouldn’t be the day to talk about this” and another exclaiming, “How tone deaf …”
Family members of those who died said they feel the Saudi connection needs to be resolved for them to have closure, according to the New York Post.
“We’re tired of having to fight this fight,” said Brett Eagleson, head of 9/11 Justice. “We would just love for a president to demand that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia admit fault and be held accountable.”
“Not only are we fighting the Saudi government, we’re fighting our own government,” said Dennis McGinley, whose brother died on 9/11.
“It’s like our government is helping the murderers,” he said.
“It just sends a very, very concerning signal,” Eagleson said.