President Trump on Wednesday condemned “acts or threats of political violence” and called for unity after suspicious packages were mailed to a number of prominent Democratic officials.
“I just want to tell you that 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 Untied States of America,” Trump said at a White House event where he signed an anti-opioid addiction bill into law.
Trump offered his first in-person comments since authorities intercepted explosive devices addressed to former President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Attorney General Eric Holder. Another suspicious package addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was also intercepted by police.
Trump has explicitly criticized each individual throughout his presidency, but did not mention any of them by name when discussing Wednesday’s threats.
The president also did not address criticism that he has helped contribute to the toxic political environment in the U.S.
Trump decried the acts as “egregious” and “abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans.” A “major federal investigation” is underway, the president said.
“We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it,” Trump said.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Brett Samuels and Jordan Fabian