Trump decries violence, calls on media to end 'hostility'

BLAMING DEMOCRATS President Trump challenges reporters yesterday to search the travelers in the Honduran caravan of migrants to find troublemakers

BLAMING DEMOCRATS President Trump challenges reporters yesterday to search the travelers in the Honduran caravan of migrants to find troublemakers

President Donald Trump will campaign in eight states in the final days before November 6 US congressional elections, putting most of his attention on tight races in which Republicans have a shot at winning Senate seats, White House officials said on Friday.

Investigators covered Sayoc's van with a blue tarp before removing it on a truck. None had exploded, and it wasn't immediately clear if they were meant to cause physical harm or simply sow fear and anxiety.

As Democrats seek to take control of Congress, they see Republicans as having a particularly weak spot on healthcare.

Pipe bombs were sent to Trump critics including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and to ex-CIA director John Brennan at CNN but didn't explode.

"Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice", said GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan.

But his remarks came just hours after Trump tweeted a complaint that the media's focus on bombs was distracting from Republican efforts in the upcoming midterm elections.

Most of those targeted were past or present USA officials, but one was sent to actor Robert De Niro and billionaire George Soros. A repeal attempt after Trump took office past year failed.Opinion polls show Democrats as having a chance to achieve the net gain of 23 seats they would need to take a majority in the House, but facing a longer shot at picking up the two seats they need to take control of the Senate.

Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged to explode upon opening.

Trump offered a similar argument in a tweet last week, stating that "all Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don't, they will after I speak to them". The bombs have been sent across the country - from New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C., to Florida and California, where Rep. Maxine Waters was targeted. They bore the return address of Florida Rep.

The Clapper envelope - addressed to the Time Warner Center, home to CNN's offices - was discovered in a W. 52nd St. Facility, prompting police to shut down the busy Midtown stretch between Eighth and Ninth Avenues around 8 a.m.

Suspect package 'found at De Niro restaurant'
The official says it has similar markings and characteristics as the packages containing bombs sent to other prominent Democrats. The FBI late Wednesday confirmed that two additional packages, similar in appearance to the others, were addressed to Waters.

Mr. Trump tweeted about Wasserman Schultz in 2012, calling her "hard to watch or listen to" and saying "no wonder our country is going to hell".

Reporters for CNN said there were no injuries and the move was precautionary. A press conference with more details will be conducted on Friday afternoon.

The devices were packaged in manila envelopes and carried US postage stamps.

De Niro, the star of "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas", released a Friday statement urging Americans to make their voices heard in the November 6 midterm elections.

An earlier Federal Bureau of Investigation statement said the other packages consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing "potentially destructive devices".

The President's insistence that all sides were to blame for the political climate also ignores his own prominent role in dragging public life into the gutter that is so unconventional that it undermines critiques that all politicians are equally to blame.

"The media also has a responsibly to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories", Trump said. "Look in the mirror".

The first package, which turned up on Monday, was addressed to Soros, the billionaire financier and advocate of liberal, open-border values who is a frequent target of right-wing conspiracy theories.

As he referenced globalists, some in the crowd called out "Soros" - a reference to prolific Democrat donor George Soros - and then chanted "lock him up!"

The discovery of pipe bombs targeting prominent Democratic politicians and CNN is raising the threat of election-season violence largely unknown in the USA - and prompting uncomfortable questions about the consequences of leaders' increasingly vitriolic rhetoric.

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