President Trump praised federal and local law enforcement officials on Friday for apprehending the primary suspect in connection with the pipe-bomb packages sent to prominent Democrats.
"I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and taken him into custody," Trump said in the East Room of the White House Friday. "Incredible job by law enforcement, and we have carried out a far-reaching federal and local and state investigation to find the person or persons responsible for the events. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and they have no place in our country. No place. I have instructed authorities to spare no resource or expense in finding those responsible and bringing them to swift and certain justice."
"We will prosecute them, her, whoever it may be to the fullest extent of the law. We must never allow political violence to take root in America. We cannot let it happen. I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it. And to stop it now," he added.
"And so today, with the apprehension of the suspect, I want to thank the FBI, the Secret Service, the Department of Justice, the U.S. police department, the NYPD, and the incredible partners," Trump said.
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Authorities arrested Florida resident Cesar Sayoc Jr., who they believe to be the person who sent the packages. It was unclear early Friday afternoon whether Sayoc is in fact the person responsible or if he worked with anyone else.
Sayoc reportedly has prior arrests for “terroristic threats."
As of Friday afternoon, 12 politicians, former presidents, one former vice president, and one prominent Democratic donor had received suspicious packages.