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  • CNN President Jeff Zucker slammed President Donald
    Trump’s attacks on the news media just hours after an explosive
    device was mailed to CNN’s New York offices, forcing the
    network to evacuate its employees. 
  • “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 Wednesday
    statement. 
  • Trump has long waged a war on his critics in the media
    and particularly CNN, which he has attacked as a leader of what
    he calls the liberal “fake news” media.

CNN President Jeff Zucker slammed President Donald Trump’s
attacks on the news media just hours after an explosive device
was mailed to CNN’s New York offices,
forcing the network to evacuate
its employees. 

“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
on Wednesday afternoon in which he attacked Trump
and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s at times
aggressive posture towards the media, which they often accuse of
promoting “fake news.”

“The president, and especially the White House press secretary,
should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown
no comprehension of that,” Zucker said. 

Zucker’s statement echoed
past criticism he has made of Trump’s stance towards the
media
, which he said earlier this year has “created an
atmosphere in this country that has resonated around the world in
a very unhealthy way.” 

He said of the president in March, “He doesn’t even understand
the danger he’s causing to journalists and the danger he’s doing
to media organizations.”

Several top Republican leaders, including Vice President Mike
Pence, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, and Trump’s eldest
daughter, Ivanka,
all issued prompt responses
to Wednesday’s news that mail
bombs were sent to former President Barack Obama, former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other top
Democrats. 

Until he delivered a brief statement before an event addressing
the opioid epidemic on Wednesday afternoon, Trump simply
retweeted Pence’s condemnation of the attempted attacks, writing,
I agree wholeheartedly!”

Later in the day, the president elaborated on his public
response, calling for political unity and the rejection of
violence. 

“In these times, we have to unify,” he said. “We have to
come together, and send one clear, strong unmistakable message
that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no
place in the United States of America.”

The president has waged a long-running war against CNN in
particular, which he accuses of being a leader of the “liberal
fake news media,” and encourages his supporters to ignore. And
all of the political leaders who received packages with
explosive devices are high-profile Trump critics whom the
president has relentlessly attacked. 

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