Trump Blames Media for 'Anger We See Today in Our Society'

The Clinton's family home. Credit PA

The Clinton's family home. Credit PA

Late Tuesday, an explosive device addressed to former U.S. President Barack Obama was intercepted at his home in Washington D.C. and early Wednesday a similar package was found by the Secret Service addressed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at her home in NY.

Two packages were sent to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. A law enforcement official told CNN that the initial examination of all of the devices shows them to be constructed similarly.

On Thursday, the investigation widened with the discovery of three additional packages - two intended for former Vice President Joe Biden in his home state of Delaware and one for Hollywood actor Robert De Niro in Manhattan.

Federal agents searched a U.S. mail facility near Miami on Thursday night racing to find who sent 10 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of United States president Donald Trump as leads pointed to Florida as the possible origin of the packages.

The bombs overtook other campaign news in an already-tense political season, which has included pitched fights over immigration, the Supreme Court and sexual violence against women.

Trump also refrained from mentioning his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, two of his most frequent punching bags.

But Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Nancy Pelosi of California said such words "ring hollow" when coming from Mr Trump. They said it was similar to other explosives discovered in the past few days. A Wasserman Schultz district office in South Florida was listed as the return address on the packages, in what current and former investigators said was a feint suggesting particular antipathy on the part of the bomber toward her.

Other reports claimed a pipe bomb had also been intercepted at the White House, these claims were denied by the US Secret Service.

Other officials said the devices contained in the envelopes were all similar to one found in the mailbox of the Soros home and later detonated by police.

The pipe bombs were packed with powder and shards of glass.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on the media to stop their "endless hostility" and "false attacks" in comments addressing a number of pipe bombs sent earlier in the day to Barack Obama, top Democrats and CNN.

Debbie Wasserman in Florida intended for former US Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN's NY bureau in the Time Warner Center meant for former CIA Director John Brennan, Rep. Maxine Waters in Capitol Heights, MD, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C. and former Vice President Joe Biden.

An envelope containing white powder was reportedly also found with the device, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

The package to Ms Clinton was found late on Tuesday (local time) while another package addressed to Mr Obama was found early on Wednesday (local time), both during routine mail screenings, the Secret Service said.

Mr Zucker said: "We are working with authorities to determine the severity of the situation".

The package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, and the Florida office of congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was labeled as the return address.

All of the targets are frequently maligned by right-wing critics. Trump's campaign also apologized for an email it sent criticizing CNN less than two hours after that network's NY headquarters was evacuated.

"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 in a statement. Last week an association representing White House correspondents accused Trump of "cheerleading" violence against the media after the president applauded an assault by a congressman on a reporter. Responding to a tweet from Vice President Mike Pence, who said the administration condemned the "despicable" actions, Trump said, "I agree wholeheartedly!"

"Unfortunately, I think Donald Trump, too often, has helped to incite some of these feelings of anger, if not violence, when he points to acts of violence or also talks about swinging at somebody from the press, the media", Brennan said.

But recently Trump has sought to flip the script on Democrats, citing their aggressive opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination as evidence that the party is a risky "mob".

"Let's get along", he said at a Wisconsin rally Wednesday night. "By the way, do you see how nice I'm behaving tonight?"

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