President Barack Obama on Saturday encouraged Americans to stay joined even in the face of terrorist attacks, in a scarcely hidden hit at Republican White House chosen nominee Donald Trump 15 years after 9/11.

“In the face of terrorism, how we respond matters,” Obama said in his weekly radio and online address, delivered on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks in the United States.

“We cannot give in to those who would divide us. We cannot react in ways that erode the fabric of our society,” he added.

“Because it’s our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, our treating of everybody fairly-no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith-that’s part of what makes our country great. It’s what makes us resilient,” Obama said.

“And if we stay true to those values, we’ll uphold the legacy of those we’ve lost, and keep our nation strong and free.”

On a few events Obama has denounced Trump’s ranting talk towards Muslims.Taking after the December shooting

Obama talks on 9/11 anniversary
Obama talks on 9/11 anniversary

frenzy in San Bernardino, California for instance, Trump required an impermanent restriction on the entry to the United States of all Muslims.

Obama was talking two months before the presidential race in which land financier Trump will confront Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Al-Qaeda hijackings of September 11, 2001, the principal outside assault on the US territory in about two centuries, ruptured a sense of safety and plunged the West into wars still being fought today.

More than 2,750 individuals were executed when two traveler planes crushed the Twin Towers, the symbol of New York’s monetary riches and certainty. Another plane pummeled into the Pentagon, and a fourth fly smashed in a field in Pennsylvania after those on board tried to overpower the hijackers.

Evoking “one of the darkest in our nation’s history,” Obama noted that much had changed over the past 15 years since the attacks.

“We delivered justice to (Al-Qaeda leader) Osama bin Laden. We’ve strengthened our homeland security. We’ve prevented attacks. We’ve saved lives,” Obama said.

But at the same time, he said, referring to attacks in Boston, San Bernardino, and Orlando, Florida, “the terrorist threat has evolved.”

“So in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond, we’ll stay relentless against terrorists like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

“We will destroy them. And we’ll keep doing everything in our power to protect our homeland,” Obama said.

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