- President Donald Trump condemned political violence on Wednesday after a number of pipe bombs were sent to his political opponents and critics.
- Secret Service intercepted the devices in the mail at the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
- Another device was sent to the mail room of CNN’s office in New York City, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who has appeared on the network before.
- Devices were also discovered addressed to the offices of Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Maxine Waters.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday weighed in on the series of explosive devices sent to a slew of top Democrats and Trump critics, urging Americans to unite against political violence.
“I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify,” he said. “We have to come together and send one clear, and strong message that acts of threats or political violence have no place in the United States of America.”
The Secret Service said Wednesday it intercepted explosive devices addressed to the residences of Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as former President Barack Obama.
A pipe bomb was also sent to CNN’s mail room, addressed to former CIA Director and prominent Trump critic John Brennan, and others were addressed to the offices of high-ranking Democrats, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee chair, and California Rep. Maxine Waters.
On Monday, an explosive device was also found at the home of the billionaire Democratic donor George Soros in Bedford, New York.
No injuries have been reported from any of the incidents.
Trump said he had been briefed on the devices by the FBI, Justice Department, Homeland Security Department, and the Secret Service.
“The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” he said. “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”
Watch a clip of Trump’s remarks below:
President Trump on suspicious packages: “In these times we have to unify, we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.” https://t.co/BmgkJ2qaIE pic.twitter.com/7MnJeKBeMn
— CNN (@CNN) October 24, 2018
Read Business Insider’s full coverage of the suspicious packages:
- Explosive devices sent in the mail to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
- White House and Donald Trump Jr. condemn explosive devices sent to Obamas, Clintons
- Hillary Clinton addresses attempted attack, says ‘as an American I am worried’
- The suspicious package sent to CNN’s New York office was reportedly addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan
- Explosive device found in mailbox near billionaire George Soros’ home
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