Trump Says Bomb Scares Are Slowing Republicans’ Momentum in Midterms

Tonya Becker
October 27, 2018

Investigators told The Associated Press that it contains a similar device, according to an X-ray, as those sent to Democratic figures and CNN.

On Wednesday, responding to the mailings, Trump said "threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America".

Cuomo argued that Trump's response left much to be desired, to which Gaetz argued nothing Trump could have done would have been sufficient in the eyes of the media.

However, the President has never taken this risk seriously.

"We can not let the acts of a few change who we are", De Blasio said.

"Do you see how nice I'm behaving tonight?"

Trump also skipped his usual litany of insults against his potential 2020 rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden, whom he often jokes he would be able to easily beat in a fistfight.

The FBI is investigating the case. After Trump mentioned globalism, there was a jeer about George Soros, the liberal donor who was the target of one of the pipe bombs.

Holder's package was diverted and delivered to Wasserman Schultz's address.

The investigation was launched after suspicious packages addressed to Obama, the Clintons, and other high-profile figures, mostly former or current Democrats, were discovered on October 24.

The White House condemned the attacks aimed at Democrats and other perceived foes of the administration. "This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans".

Journalist Geraldo Rivera, who walked back his earlier theory that the bombing plot was a hoax to make Republicans look bad, said Mr. Sayoc "has long criminal history of extremist behavior - like his 2002 bomb threats - which predate @realDonaldTrump's political career".

Oddly, it was actually Melania Trump who uttered the administration's first public comments on the matter, taking the podium ahead of her husband at an event convened to mark a new bipartisan legislative effort to tackle the opioid crisis, one of her principal causes. All the packages included crude bombs fashioned from PVC pipes and sent inside non-descript manila envelope, with pre-printed addresses and a half-dozen stamps - each bearing an American flag.

The president has described the Democratic Party as the party of crime and harshly assaulted its candidates. They were being examined by technicians at the FBI's forensic lab in Quantico, Virginia. Officials provided no details on a possible suspect or motive.

Other packages were addressed to former US President Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, US Congresswoman Maxine Waters, actor Robert Deniro and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan in care of CNN, among others.

An explosive sent to CNN prompted the evacuation of the Time Warner Centre in NY, but no one was hurt.

Pipe bombs were sent to Trump critics including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and to ex-CIA director John Brennan at CNN but didn't explode.

Hours after a federal law enforcement official said the investigation's focus on Florida had intensified, police closed roads around the parking lot of an AutoZone store in Plantation where Sayoc was arrested, and helicopters flew overhead. "Just weeks before the election, Republicans are once again undermining protections for people with pre-existing conditions and sabotaging our health care system", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said in a statement.

Bomb squad and canine units joined Federal Bureau of Investigation agents late on Thursday to examine a sprawling USA mail distribution centre at Opa-Locka, northwest of Miami, Miami-Dade County police said.

Democrat Harris's San Diego office was evacuated after suspicious packages were found near her building, according to her spokeswoman. Though the FBI did not initially include her on a list of targeted individuals, the bureau later said two packages addressed to her and similar to the five others had been found. The one discovered at a Manhattan postal facility was addressed to Clapper at CNN's address. Coming less than a fortnight before the mid-term elections, Democratic opponents and some media outlets led by CNN have blamed this for his rhetoric against the press. "Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that".

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