President Donald Trump, who has already been criticized for his derogatory rhetoric on the fourth estate, told supporters on Wednesday that the media was partly responsible for the social divisions that this week saw with a series of attempted bomb attacks on high-ranking Democrats in and the Manhattan office of the news channel CNN.
Law enforcement officers intercepted explosive devices calling for apartments and offices of journalists, a billionaire philanthropist, two former presidents and a sitting representative in one of "New York Mayor Bill de Blasio" as "act of terror". Nobody was hurt by the series of alarming incidents two weeks before the midterm elections.
Trump told reporters at a White House press conference that "acts of threat or political violence have no place in the United States of America" for "unity." But just a few hours later, the president held a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, where he blamed the partisanship and the press for a broken society. "The media also have the responsibility to set a civil tone and stop the endless hostility and constant negative and often false attacks and stories," said Trump to a cheering crowd.
CNN boss Jeff Zucker weighed late Wednesday on the allegations made by Trump and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The Trump government has often tried to undermine the press by calling the media "fake news", pulling out critical journalists and accusing big news agencies of lying.
"The President and especially the White House Press Secretary should not understand their words," said Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. "So far they have not shown understanding."
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and California Rep. Maxine Waters were among those suspicious packages sent to them. Another, directed to former CIA director John Brennan, was sent to the CNN office. Brennan is a Trump critic whose security clearance was revoked by the president in August. The package sent to Wasserman Schultz had its address on the return label, but was addressed to former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, Associated Press reported.
New York police intelligence chief said Wednesday at a press conference package sent to CNN, with those sent to the Obamas, Clinton and George Soros, in whose mailbox the authorities said they found a bomb this week , The authorities said that the package "seemed to be an explosive device" and also contained a white powder that is still under investigation.
Although the motive behind the packages and the identity of those responsible are not yet known, the individual recipients are high-profile Democrats, many of whom were critical of the Trump administration, and a media center who frequently trumps Rump's rallies and rallies on Twitter.
Find out all about the suspicious packages sent to prominent politicians CNN on Wednesday:
Top Democrats, CNN chief calls for stronger White House rebuking
Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leader of the Senate Chuck Schumer released a joint statement on Wednesday afternoon calling on President Trump to "refute his statements of violence."
"Once again, we welcome the heroism of America's first responders working against the outrageous letter bombing attack.
"We listened to President's remarks this afternoon with great interest. We all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution and to protect the American people, and that is our first responsibility.
"President Trump's words, however, sound hollow until he dismisses his statements that tolerate violence.
Time and again, the president has tolerated physical violence and shared the Americans with his words and deeds: support for the congressman, one Reporters slain, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies violent against demonstrators, dictators around the world who are murdering their own citizens and the free press as an enemy of the people. "
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker went on in his exhortation to the government.
The White House is completely unaware of the seriousness of its continued attacks on the media. The President and especially the White House press officers should understand that their words are important. So far, they have shown no understanding. "
Brennan also criticized Trump for rhetoric rhetoric that propagated violence on Wednesday night and criticized" Donald Trump's continued failure to live up to what I think. We must live up to all our expectations about what an American president should do , "
" Unfortunately, I believe that Donald Trump has too often helped to stir up some of these feelings of anger, if not violence, when he's on acts of violence or even talk about the press, "Brennan said, adding "If I and others are targeted because we speak out and live up to our responsibility as citizens, I think that again is an unfortunate turn of events.
Packages were sent to the Obamas and Clintons
The US Secret Service intercepted a suspicious package addressed to Hillary Clinton and was sent late to the Clinton's Chappaqua, New York, Tuesday night. Intelligence also intercepted a package addressed to Barack Obama in Washington, DC on Wednesday morning.
Packages were immediately identified as potential explosives during routine post-screening, with no risk of Clinton or Obama receiving the packages said the Secret Service in a statement.
Officials said a "full criminal investigation" underway with federal, state and local resources to determine the source of the packages. The parcels were sent to the politicians just two days after a bomb was found in the mailbox of the house of the liberal philanthropist George Soros in Bedford, New York.
At a Florida event, Clinton said to a crowd, "We're fine with the men and women of the Secret Service." She added, "But it's a worrying time, is not it?"
CNN was Evacuated when the authorities responded to a suspicious package
Shortly after the news of the intercepted news became known Parcels sent to Clinton and Obama, CNN New York City offices were relocated due to a suspected device in the newsroom, NYPD confirmed. Employees were later given permission to return to the building later in the afternoon.
"The NYPD has terminated its security service and it is now safe to return to the building and I appreciate your patience because I know what a long day has happened to all of you," Zucker said in a memo to the employees.
Officials told TIME that the package found in the CNN post office was a pipe bomb. NY chief of police, James O'Neill, confirmed that a bomb squad had removed the explosive device and that a white powder envelope was also removed from the news area.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, described the incident as an "act of terror that attempts to force our free press and the leaders of this county by acts of violence undermine".
New York governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters he was a recipient of a suspicious package. "A device was sent to my office in Manhattan, which we have just been informed about," he said. NYPD later confirmed that the package was not a bomb and was not related to the other devices.
Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office was evacuated
The Sunrise Police Department confirmed that the Florida office of former DNC chairman Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was evacuated on Wednesday morning after a suspicious Package was intercepted.
The Aventura Police Department confirmed that they are investigating a suspicious package being delivered to a government center where Wasserman Schultz has a second office.
"We will not be intimidated by this attempted act of violence," she said on Wednesday in a statement. "This horrific attack on our democracy must be vigorously persecuted and I am deeply disturbed by how my name was used."
Senator Kamala Harris evacuated San Diego field office
San Diego Police confirmed that they detect a suspicious package found outside the offices of Union Tribune newspapers. The police said they had cleared the side facing the building. Officers still can not confirm whether this package is related to the suspicious packages found in New York, Washington and Florida.
Kamala Harris communications director confirmed that Harris' offices were evacuated, but said the package in question was not addressed to the senator
Suspicious package intercepted by Rep. Maxine Waters
The FBI confirmed that two suspicious packages addressed to California Rep. Maxine Waters have been intercepted and that they are similar to five other APs sent to Democratic targets reports
Capitol Hill police intercepted a suspicious package Wednesday morning # 39; office was addressed. Waters thanked the law enforcement agencies for their efforts and said that they "clearly condemned all acts of violence and terrorism."
"I was informed by the US Department of Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package was referred to the FBI," she said in a statement. "I'm grateful for the law enforcement agencies that intercepted the package and are investigating this matter."
White House condemns "cowards" behind suspect packages
"The federal government is conducting an aggressive investigation, and we will find these responsible, and we will bring them to justice, hopefully very quickly," Trump said at a rally Wisconsin on Wednesday night. "Any act or threat of political violence is an attack on our democracy itself. No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, coercion, or control." Such behavior must be fiercely fought and prosecuted.
Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement condemning the "cowards" behind the packages.
"We condemn the recent violent attacks on President Obama, Clinton President Clinton, and other public figures," Sanders said. "These acts of terrorism are despicable, and any person responsible will be held accountable to the full extent of the law, and US intelligence and other law enforcement agencies will investigate and take all appropriate measures to protect anyone threatened by these cowards."  Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump also condemned the attempted attacks.