Alleged explosive devices have been sent to high profile political figures, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
On Wednesday morning, the CNN office in New York was evacuated due to an assumed bomb being sent to their mailroom. Two days prior to this, a pipe bomb was sent to liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros.
United States President – Donald Trump – commented on the threats:
“In these times we have to unify. We need to come together and send one very clear unmistakeable message that threats or acts of political violence of any kind have no place in America”
The New York FBI have stated that they are aware of the threats, adding that their Joint Terrorism Team are assisting with the investigation.
Packages are said to have been sent to former President Obama, ex-Secretary Clinton and former CIA Director John Brennan. As well as this, the packages addressed addressed to Obama and Clinton were intended to reach their private residences.
Representatives of the White House condemned the threats and expressed their support for CNN as well as just political figures.
However, Jeff Zucker – CNN Worldwide President – expressed his disapproval of the President and the White House, saying:
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media”
Zucker’s comment was made in reference to President Trump frequently labelling journalists “the enemy of the people”
It has been confirmed that the threats are under investigation, but that Obama and Clinton were never at risk of receiving the packages sent to them.
- By Emma Logan, Editor of Well-being
- Sources: BBC