President Donald Trump gave his first lengthy remarks on the live explosive device that was sent to CNN’s New York office on Wednesday, as well as the multiple other suspicious devices found at the residences of the Clintons, Obamas and George Soros.
But during his remarks, Trump never mentioned CNN, the Obamas or the Clintons by name, only referencing them as “current and former high-ranking government officials.”
“The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” Trump said during a pre-planned conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “As we speak the packages are being inspected by top explosive efforts and a major federal investigation is now underway.”
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New York City’s Time Warner Center, including the offices and studios of CNN, was evacuated on Wednesday after receiving a suspicious package. Similar suspicious packages were sent to former president Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire financier George Soros earlier this week. New York governor Andrew Cuomo also said a suspicious package was discovered at his Manhattan office earlier on Wednesday.
“We have to unify we have to come together and send a very clear strong unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence, of any kind, have no place in the United States of America,” Trump continued. “This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear as Americans… we’re extremely angry, upset and unhappy about what we witnessed this morning, and we’ll get to the bottom of it.”
However, it was the First Lady, Melania Trump, who actually spoke first. “We cannot tolerate those cowardly attacks and I strongly condemn all those who choose violence,” said Mrs. Trump in her brief remarks, before quickly pivoting to talking about the Opioid crisis.
Earlier, Trump quote-tweeted Vice President Mike Pence’s tweet, which he wrote: “We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”
Trump added: “I agree wholeheartedly”
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I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
The New York Police Department said Wednesday that they found an envelope containing “white powder” as part of the original suspicious package sent to the network’s New York headquarters that was found to contain a possible live explosive device.
“Responding officers identified a device that appeared to be a live explosive device,” said NYPD commissioner James O’Neill, during a press conference on Wednesday. “Additionally, there was an envelope containing white powder that was discovered as part of that original packaging, and we’re investigating that now.”
CNN reported that the suspicious package that forced an evacuation of its New York headquarters was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic and MSNBC contributor.
“This suspicious package was in fact addressed to CNN but it was specifically addressed to the former CIA director John Brennan,” CNN’s Wolf Blizter reported on air. “He is a contributor to MSNBC and NBC News, but not CNN.”
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