Trump: We Will Get to the Bottom of Suspicious Packages, Devices

'Acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the U.S.'

• October 24, 2018 3:18 pm


President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the government will get to the bottom of the numerous suspicious packages that contained explosive devices.

"We're extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what witnessed this morning, and we will get to the bottom of it," Trump said.

Officials reported Wednesday morning that numerous suspicious packages were delivered or addressed to high profile individuals, including former 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. Another device was discovered at CNN's headquarters in New York City and was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. During the afternoon on Wednesday, reports of two more suspicious packages emerged: one was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder and the other to Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.).

This packages follow the discovery of an explosive device sent to progressive megadonor George Soros at his home on Monday.

Trump said law enforcement are investigating and handling the mailed packages.

"As we speak, the packages are being inspected by top explosive experts, and a major federal investigation is now under way. The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice," Trump said. "We will spare no resources or expense in this effort, and 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 United States of America."

One pattern among all the suspicious packages is they were addressed to individuals who have been vocal critics of Trump and have been targets of his criticism. A former Clinton adviser suggested it necessary to examine how much blame Trump deserves for creating a climate that pushed someone to mail the explosive devices. Law enforcement has made no statements about who is responsible or what motivated the attempted attacks.

"This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans," Trump said. "My administration will provide additional updates as they become available."

Published under: DHS, Donald Trump, Violence