Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Donald Trump makes false 9/11 claim to justify campaign rally

Donald Trump has falsely claimed that the New York Stock Exchange reopened the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to justify going ahead with a campaign rally just hours after 11 people were shot dead in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The US president said he had contemplated cancelling the political event but said that the head of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) had opened up the day after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

But the NYSE and the Nasdaq exchange were in fact closed until September 17 following the attacks which brought down the World Trade Centre – the longest shutdown since 1933, Bloomberg reported.