White House, CNN Engage In War Of Words Over Explosives Packages


"Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that", Zucker said as the network's NY bureau was evacuated for five hours on Wednesday following the discovery of an explosive device sent there.

Later, Sanders compared the incident to a supporter of Sen.

Trump has had a tense relationship with the media dating back to his presidential campaign and extending into his tenure in the White House.

Trump has labeled CNN and other news outlets as the "enemy of the people".

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She was referring to James Hodgkinson, an unemployed former Sanders campaign volunteer who shot Republicans in June 2017 at a baseball practice, grievously wounding Majority Whip Steve Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika. Because the investigation is continuing, authorities could not confirm whether the packages contained functioning explosives, but they said the devices were being transported to an FBI facility in Virginia for examination. "It is the person who made and sent these suspicious packages".

But many CNN reporters and pundits lashed out at Trump Wednesday and Thursday as they reacted to the bomb threats and pinned part of the blame on the president.

"The president I think could not have been more presidential yesterday, when he spoke directly to the American people", she said. "It is a hard conversation to have to say one side cultivates violence, one side inspires this type of behavior more than the other because you sound partisan when you say it".

"You should take good where you find it", Cuomo said, "and you see a country that seems to be universally appalled by what has happened".

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Sanders reinforced Trump's statement Thursday during an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends", saying, "Certainly the media has a role to play in this process".

Pop singer Madonna told the Women's March previous year that she had "thought an terrible lot about blowing up the White House".

She said the first thing the network did was immediately accuse the president of being responsible for the bomb threats targeting Democrats, and went onto call their finger pointing "disgraceful".

Chief CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted, "Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin. We'll keep you posted on that", Sciutto said.

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