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Donald Trump calls for “more civility in politics” following suspect packages

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Published on October 28, 2018 with No Comments

·  FBI Warns Additional Devices May Be in Mail

The FBI said that additional devices may have been sent to other locations and warned the public not to touch or handle any suspicious packages. A statement from the FBI said that five packages had been discovered so far, including one addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder. That package didn’t reach its intended destination, but was rerouted to a return address in Florida. Another was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN. According to the FBI, all five package bore the same return address: an office of Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The devices, which were sent to the FBI office in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis, were mailed in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. They each had computer-printed address labels and six stamps. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement. “Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation.”

·        CNN Chief Blasts Trump for Attacks on Media

CNN President Jeff Zucker said President Donald Trump should take his words more seriously when it comes to the news media. “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said in a statement issued soon after CNN was allowed back into its New York bureau following a bomb scare. “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand that words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

Who were the packages sent to?

Suspected bombs were sent to locations in New York, the Washington DC area and Florida. Explosive devices were sent to the following individuals, according to the latest FBI statement: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Former President Barack Obama, Former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN, Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros.

President Donald Trump has called on people to be more civil in politics, after a series of suspected explosives were sent to high-profile US figures.

He was speaking after parcels were sent to CNN and top Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. None of the packages exploded. The FBI has launched a hunt for their sender. The president’s critics called his latest remarks hypocritical, as he often uses vicious language against his opponents and the press.

Speaking in Wisconsin, the president vowed to catch the perpetrator and called on the media to “stop endless hostility”. “Those engaged in political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective,” he said. “No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historic villains, which is done often,” he added.

However, the president made no specific reference to the intended recipients of the packages. Earlier CNN worldwide president Jeff Zucker criticised President Trump and the White House press secretary for not understanding that “words matter”. “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” he said.

CNN’s New York office was evacuated on Wednesday morning after the package, addressed to Brennan, was found in its mailroom.  An additional suspicious package addressed to Democratic Representative Maxine Waters is also being investigated by local law enforcement and the FBI.  Another package, believed to have been addressed to former Vice-President Joe Biden, is being sought by US federal investigators.


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