Trump Won't Back Down on 9/11 Claim
Press conference with black pastors abruptly called off
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2015 3:04 AM CST
Young fans of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attend a campaign rally Saturday outside of Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla.   (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump is sticking by his claim that he saw thousands of people in New Jersey cheering the 9/11 attacks, although video of such celebrations has stubbornly failed to materialize. In an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, Trump said his people are searching for video clips, "but for some reason, they're not that easy to come by." But he insisted he had seen footage of celebrations in New Jersey and said hundreds of people had contacted him to say they had seen the same thing, so he has no intention of backing down from his remarks. "I have a very good memory," he told host Chuck Todd, per CNN. "I'll tell you, I have a very good memory. I saw it somewhere on television many years ago and I never forgot it—and it was on television, too." More on Trump:

  • Trump told Todd that not only does allowing Syrian refugees into the US have the "potential to be one big fat Trojan horse," the Obama administration is planning to allow in 20 times more refugees than the 10,000 it has spoken of. "I have it, upon a certain amount of knowledge—I'm very friendly with a lot of people on both sides—that Obama's plan is 200,000-250,000," Trump said.

  • Trump also addressed Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. He described the gunman as a "maniac," but he said he has also seen "a lot of dislike" for Planned Parenthood out there, the Hill notes. "There is a tremendous group of people that think it's terrible, all of the videos that they've seen with some of these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you're selling parts to a car," he said. "I mean, there are a lot of people that are very unhappy about that."
  • In what Politico describes as an "embarrassing setback" for Trump, his campaign has canceled a Monday afternoon press conference with 100 black pastors the campaign had claimed were ready to endorse Trump. After the initial announcement, some of the pastors named had protested that they were not Trump supporters, Politico notes. Instead of a public event, Trump "will host an informational meet and greet with many members of the Coalition of African American Ministers," his press secretary told reporters in an email. "This is not a press event, but a private meeting, after which, a number of attendees are expected to endorse Mr. Trump's campaign for President. This is closed to press and therefore no media credentials will be provided."
(Jeb Bush says Trump is "misinformed" and is not a "serious candidate.")