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After a series of suspicious packages containing suspected explosive devices were recovered before reaching their intended high-profile targets, officials on both sides of the aisle immediately condemned the acts.

Among the addressees were former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton as well as former CIA Director John Brennan via CNN.

Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement on Wednesday morning, which President Donald Trump later seconded.

“We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others,” Pence tweeted. “These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”

Trump shared the tweet and included a few words of his own.

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“I agree wholeheartedly!” the president tweeted.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders provided a lengthier statement.

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“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures,” she wrote.

Sanders said the “terrorizing acts” were “despicable” and declared that “anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

She went on to reassure Americans that law enforcement is treating the situation seriously.

“The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards,” Sanders wrote.

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Sanders followed up with another tweet confirming that “Trump and his admin” are closely monitoring the investigation.

“Our condemnation of these dispicable (sic) acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants,” she wrote. “These cowardly acts are unacceptable and wont be tolerated.”

Other Republican officials offered similar condemnation, including U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was shot and seriously injured by a former Bernie Sanders campaign worker during a congressional baseball practice game last year.

“These attempted attacks that have been made are beyond criminal, they are acts of pure terror,” he tweeted. “Violence and terror have no place in our politics or anywhere else in our society.”

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Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of newsrooms.
Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of newsroom settings. After covering crime and other beats for newspapers and radio stations across the U.S., he served as managing editor at Western Journalism until 2017. He has also been a regular guest and guest host on several syndicated radio programs. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and son.
Birthplace
Virginia
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Texas Press Association, Best News Writing - 2012
Education
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism - Averett University
Professional Memberships
Online News Association
Location
Arizona
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment




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