Trump attacks CNN and blasts coverage of ‘this bomb stuff’
Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump tweeted his concerns that media’s coverage of the ongoing bomb crisis is overshadowing the midterm elections even as his staff insisted he has been “receiving constant information” about the ongoing security situation regarding 12 suspicious packages.
The packages, believed to contain explosive devices, have been found in various locations across the country, all addressed to high-profile Democratic politicians or public figures who have been open in expressing their criticism of the Trump administration.
“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!” Trump tweeted at 10:19 a.m.
Earlier Friday morning, the president wrote a half-sentence tweet criticizing CNN, deleted it and then wrote a full tweet criticizing CNN “and others” the same week the television network was mailed a bomb.
“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!'” Trump tweeted at 3:14 a.m. ET Friday morning.
At 2:48 a.m., he’d tweeted, “Funny how lowly rated CNN and others can criticize.”
That tweet was quickly deleted, but ABC News obtained a screengrab.
This comes after Trump, at a rally earlier this week, bragged about “how nice I’m behaving tonight.”
In addition to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, other politicians who were addressed in the various packages include former Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Cory Booker.
Democratic donor George Soros and actor Robert De Niro, who was critical of the commander in chief at this year’s Academy Awards, were also the targets of suspicious packages.
During an introduction of Bruce Springsteen, De Niro said, “First, I wanna say, ‘F–k Trump. It’s no longer, ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘F–k Trump.'”
The president responded by calling the two-time Oscar winner “a very Low IQ individual.”
Investigators are now focused on potential leads in South Florida, although, as noted by Bill Sweeney of the FBI’s New York office, “this is a nationwide investigation involving multiple jurisdictions coast to coast.”
To date, 12 suspicious packages believed to have explosive devices have been found in various locations across the country.
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Trump deletes tweet slamming CNN, writes new tweet slamming CNN days after bomb scare
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