Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from visiting Ground Zero to "pay his respects" during a visit to New York. The city's police commissioner said the controversial president would not be allowed to leave a wreath, citing construction barring visitors from the site. "If there were a further request, we'd reject it," said a police spokesman, who also cited security concerns.
Many politicians have spoken out against Ahmadinejad's request, both because of security fears and outrage that a leader with suspected ties to terrorists would ask to visit a memorial to the biggest terrorist attack in US history. Hillary Clinton called the proposed visit "unacceptable," while Mitt Romney slammed it as "shockingly audacious."