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Trump condemns ‘political violence,’ urges unity after pipe bomb scare

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Donald Trump speaks about crude pipe bombs targeting Hillary
Clinton, former President Barack Obama, CNN and others, during an
event on the opioid crisis at the White House on Oct. 24,
2018.

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  • President Donald Trump condemned political violence on
    Wednesday after a number of pipe bombs were sent to his political
    opponents and critics.
  • Secret Service intercepted the devices in the mail at the
    homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton and former President Barack
    Obama.
  • Another device was sent to the mail room of CNN’s office in
    New York City, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who
    has appeared on the network before.
  • Devices were also discovered addressed to the offices of
    Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Maxine Waters.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday weighed in on the series of
explosive devices sent to a slew of top Democrats and Trump
critics, urging Americans to unite against political violence.

“I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify,”
he said. “We have to come together and send one clear, and strong
message that acts of threats or political violence have no place
in the United States of America.”

The Secret Service said Wednesday it intercepted explosive devices
addressed to the residences of Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well
as former President Barack Obama.

A pipe bomb was also sent to CNN’s mail room, addressed to
former CIA Director and prominent Trump critic John Brennan, and
others were addressed to the offices of high-ranking Democrats,
including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic
National Committee chair, and California Rep. Maxine Waters.

On Monday,
an explosive device was also found
at the home of the
billionaire Democratic donor George Soros in Bedford, New York.

No injuries have been reported from any of the incidents.

Trump said he had been briefed on the devices by the FBI, Justice
Department, Homeland Security Department, and the Secret Service.

“The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute
priority,” he said. “The full weight of our government is being
deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those
responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”

Watch a clip of Trump’s remarks below:

Read Business Insider’s full coverage of the suspicious packages:

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