The president of CNN issued a strongly worded statement directed at the White House hours after an apparent crude pipe bomb was sent to the network’s New York offices, prompting an evacuation.
The device sent to CNN was part of a series of similar packages sent to top Democrats, including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama, authorities said. The package sent to CNN was addressed to ex-CIA Director John Brennan, the network said. No suspects had been apprehended as of Wednesday afternoon, and there were no reported injuries from the devices.
CNN president Jeff Zucker condemned the White House’s continuous verbal attacks on the media in a statement released late Wednesday afternoon, without directly mentioning the apparent attempted bombings.
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The president, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that,” Zucker said in a statement distributed on a network Twitter account.
Earlier Wednesday, prior to Zucker’s statement, the White House was quick to condemn the attacks. President Trump called them “abhorrent” in a televised statement at the White House Wednesday afternoon.
‘‘Acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States,’’ Trump said. ‘‘This egregious conduct is abhorrent.’’
But Trump has frequently been criticized for his verbal targeting of the press, sometimes calling journalists the “enemy of the people.” His supporters have also jeered at and heckled CNN reporters during “Make America Great Again” rallies.
At such a rally on Wednesday night in Wisconsin, some speakers still singled out Obama and the press in their remarks, prompting boos. The crowd also erupted at one point into a familiar ‘‘Lock her up!’’ chant directed at Clinton.
In August, a hundreds of newspapers led by the Boston Globe published coordinated editorials condemning the president’s rhetoric.