The president of CNN Worldwide slammed the Trump administration after a pipe bomb was delivered to CNN’s office in New York City, and said President Trump's harsh words about the press are a factor in the incident.
"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 Wednesday afternoon.
Zucker said President Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders should “understand their words matter.”
“Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that,” he added.
Statement from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker: pic.twitter.com/OXyIT6oSLT— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 24, 2018
Speaking from the White House, Trump called the attempted bombings “despicable."
“A major federal investigation is now underway. The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice,” he said. “This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear. We’re extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it.”
In a statement just before noon, Sanders condemned the attacks against former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
An hour later, she condemned “these despicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants. These cowardly acts are unacceptable and wont be tolerated.”
CNN was just one of the targets. A package was intercepted that sent to the residence of Obama in Washington on Wednesday and separately to Clinton in New York late Tuesday.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder was a target, but it was mailed to the wrong address and sent back to the return address on other packages, that of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. Two Florida offices of Wasserman Schultz were shut down Wednesday after also receiving packages.
A package was also intercepted at a Maryland mail processing facility on Wednesday intended for Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
The incidents began Monday when an explosive device was found in the mailbox at the home of billionaire liberal funder George Soros.