The White House condemned suspected bomb placements Wednesday at the homes of former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
The Secret Service confirmed Wednesday that suspicious packages addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton to her home in New York and the residence of Former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
“Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”
Vice President Mike Pence also condemned the attacks on Twitter.
“These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country,” he wrote.
We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. 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.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 24, 2018
President Donald Trump signaled his agreement with Pence’s statement on Twitter.
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
Law enforcement officials also responded to a suspicious package sent to CNN at the Times Warner building in New York City. The package was addressed to former CIA official John Brennan — although he is a contributor to NBC and MSNBC.
The White Hosue also condemned those actions.
“Our condemnation of these despicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants,” Sanders added on Twitter. “These cowardly acts are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.”
This is an ongoing situation that President Trump and his admin are monitoring closely. Our condemnation of these dispicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current or former public servants. These cowardly acts are unacceptable and wont be tolerated. https://t.co/YbMbCUWMPC
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 24, 2018
CNN reported that a suspicious package with a device addressed to the White House was intercepted on Wednesday at Joint Base Bolling in Washington, DC.
UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: A person familiar with the reported suspicious package addressed to the White House told Reuters that there was no such package. “Reports of a third intercepted package addressed to the WH are incorrect,” the Secret Service noted on Twitter.
CLARIFICATION: At this time the Secret Service has intercepted TWO suspicious packages – one in NY and one in D.C. Reports of a third intercepted package addressed to the WH are incorrect. We refer media to our statement: https://t.co/lJdTn04KmI
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 24, 2018
CNN’s Jake Tapper also deleted a tweet about CNN’s report of a suspicious package sent to the White House.
I’ve deleted the tweet about a suspicious package sent to the WH — @evanperez says law enforcement confusion led to that inaccurate report. Packages for WH and the Obamas are screened at the same place. So to clarify: law enforcement says no suspicious package sent to WH.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 24, 2018