On Friday, prior to President Trump’s speech before Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit, news broke that a suspect in the recent mail bombs case had been apprehended by authorities.
The president addressed the group regarding the breaking news:
I’d like to begin today’s remarks by providing an update on the packages and devices that have been mailed to high-profile figures throughout our country and a media organization. I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and taken him into custody.
[It’s] an incredible job by law enforcement. We’ve carried out a far-reaching federal, state, and local investigation to find the person or persons responsible for these events. These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country. No place. I’ve instructed authorities to spare no resource or expense in finding those responsible and bringing them to swift and certain justice. And we will prosecute them, him, her – whoever it may be – to the fullest extent of the law.
We must never allow political violence to take root in America – cannot let it happen – and I’m committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it, and to stop it now.
I have just concluded a briefing with the Department of Justice following the apprehension of the suspect. I want to applaud the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the NYPD, and all law enforcement throughout the entire country.
Trump continued by congratulating the aforementioned agencies for finding a “needle in a haystack.”
The president concluded with the following statement:
The bottom line is that Americans must unify, and we must show the world that we are united together in peace and love and harmony as fellow American citizens. There is no country like our country, and every day we are showing the world just how truly great we are.
Earlier on Friday, Trump sent out a tweet lamenting the fact that “this bomb stuff” was taking over the news cycle:
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!
The president was castigated by social media users for his tweet:
A man attempted to [assassinate] two previous presidents. It is quite significant.
Bomb stuff – it’s an attempted murder/assassination of public officials, actor, law maker and a philanthropist. Not to mention those dealing with the posted bombs in the mailing system. You make it sound like it’s nothing. It’s terrorism.
For more information on the apprehension of the suspect in the mail bombs case, click here.