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President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on Sept. 11 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The latest: Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived at the Pentagon after visiting the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Ground Zero in New York City.

Details: The Bidens were joined at the Pentagon by Vice President Kamala Harris, second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefsof Staff.

  • Harris traveled to Shanksville earlier Saturday and was joined by former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
  • The Bidens were joined at Ground Zero by former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President Obama and first lady Michelle; and former New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, among other officials.
  • Former President Donald Trump told Fox News on Friday that he planned to visit Ground Zero on Saturday, though no official plans were announced.

What he's saying: Biden focused his 9/11 remarks on a return to unity — a sentiment that Harris and the 43rd president later echoed in their speeches.

  • "Unity is what makes us who we are. America at its best. To me, that’s the central lesson of Sept. 11," Biden said in a video message commemorating the anniversary.
  • Biden said that while visiting the Shanksville fire station, he took photos with boys wearing Trump hats.
  • “Are we going to, in the next four, five, six, 10 years, demonstrate that democracies can work, or not?” Biden said.
In photos
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden followed by Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentlemen Doug Emhoff, attend a wreath-laying ceremony as they pay their respects to 9/11 victims at the Pentagon. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Hollyanne Milley (from left), wife of Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentlemen Doug Emhoff and first lady Jill Biden attend a wreath-laying ceremony as they pay their respects to 9/11 victims at the Pentagon. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden lay a wreath at the Flight 93 National Memorial. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
A wreath that was placed by President Biden and first lady Jill Biden stands in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are joined by former presidents and others at the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony in New York City. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
President Biden at the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Go deeper: In photos: 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero

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Mark Milley's crisis

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When Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley goes before Congress on Sept. 28, he may face some of the most hostile questioning of any modern four-star general.

Driving the news: Newly released excerpts from "Peril" by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa — detailing secret moves by the nation's highest-ranking military officers to manage national security risks that he perceived Donald Trump posed in the final days of his presidency — are driving questions about whether Milley went too far. 

Pentagon confirms top general reassured China during last days of Trump

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A spokesperson for Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley confirmed on Wednesday that "in order to maintain strategic stability" in the final days of Donald Trump's presidency, Milley reassured his Chinese counterpart that the U.S. would not launch a surprise attack.

Driving the news: Newly released excerpts from "Peril" by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa — detailing secret moves by the nation's highest-ranking military officers to manage national security risks that Milley perceived Trump posed in the final days of his presidency — are driving questions about whether Milley went too far, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes.

Swing voters' split feelings about Afghanistan

An Afghanistan flag waves in front of the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 28. Photo: Liz Lynch/Getty Images

Some swing voters say they're deeply disappointed with the execution of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Yes, but: They don't believe former President Trump would have handled it better than President Biden, and the issue is far less important to them than getting the pandemic under control.