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Donald Trump visits Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum for first time despite invoking the tragedy often during debates — and drops a $100G donation on the institution

It took running for President to get Donald Trump to make the four-mile trip from Trump Tower to Ground Zero.

The native New Yorker finally graced the hallowed ground of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan Saturday for the first time.

Trump also made a $100,000 donation to the institution.

The GOP front-runner has often invoked the tragic terror attacks while on the campaign trail and has brought up New York’s resiliency in the face of the atrocity during debates.

Before joining the race for the White House the busy real estate scion apparently never found the time to pay his respects to the 2,983 people who lost their lives in the attacks, despite his claims that he “lost hundreds of friends” at the World Trade Center.

Nor did the billionaire’s charitable foundation make a single substantial donation to any 9/11-related nonprofit groups that have aided survivors, rescue workers and the families of first-responders who gave their lives trying to save others.

A campaign aide has said Trump made a significant donation to the American Red Cross immediately after 9/11.

The deal-maker did accept a $150,000 federal grant that was part of a program meant to assist small businesses affected by the attacks.

On Saturday, Trump arrived at the solemn site shortly after noon and spent about 30 minutes touring the museum, which opened to the public in 2014, with his wife and the institution’s president Joe Daniels, a museum spokesman said.

He left without speaking to members of the media invited along for the visit by the campaign, but was photographed by several shocked tourists. Not everyone was happy to see the sharp-tongued tycoon at the site.

“I’m at the 9/11 Memorial and no joke Donald Trump just came through and everyone was extremely mad,” Nick Schug wrote on Twitter.

“Seriously can’t believe I saw Donald trump. Shame he blames all Muslims on events that take place like 9/11, the museum he’s visiting,” wrote Callum Fairhurst.

Trump has criticized rival Ted Cruz for comments that the Texas senator made at a GOP debate criticizing New York values.

In defending his home city, Trump has pointed to New York’s response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

A recent Monmouth University poll found 52% of likely Republican primary voters in the state supported Trump, trailed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 25% and 17% for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. 

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