After Trump stunned the Republican establishment at the debate on Saturday by claiming the Iraq war was “a big, fat mistake,” he elaborated about events that ultimately led the U.S. to invade the country, during a campaign event in Bluffton, South Carolina, Wednesday morning:
“It wasn’t the Iraqis that knocked down the World Trade Center; we went after Iraq, we decimated the country … But it wasn’t the Iraqis. You will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center, ‘cause they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it’s the Saudis … but you will find out.”
While it’s public knowledge 15 of the 19 attackers on 9/11 were Saudis, nothing has ever been divulged to directly implicate the government of Saudi Arabia. However, when the 9/11 Commission Report on those events was published, 28 pages had been notoriously left out, under the guise of protecting national security — and have since been the subject of controversy and conspiracy theories.
According to an article by Lawrence Wright published in the New Yorker, specifically focused on those 28 pages:
“‘There’s nothing in it about national security,’ Walter Jones, a Republican congressman from North Carolina who has read the missing pages, contends. ‘It’s about the Bush Administration and its relationship with the Saudis.’Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, told me that the document is ‘stunning in its clarity,’ and that it offers direct evidence of complicity on the part of certain Saudi individuals and entities in Al-Qaeda’s attack on America.‘Those twenty-eight pages tell a story that has been completely removed from the 9/11 Report,’ Lynch maintains. Another congressman who has read the document said that the evidence of Saudi government support for the 9/11 hijacking is ‘very disturbing,’ and that ‘the real question is whether it was sanctioned at the royal-family level or beneath that, and whether these leads were followed through.’”
Clearly Trump is re-igniting a smoldering, popular desire for the Obama administration to divulge the hidden information about possible Saudi involvement. Though Trump could easily be criticized, or even derided, for xenophobic and controversial proposals such as walling off the entire United States — on this point, he appears to be on target.