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Los Angeles police are monitoring the situation related to a number of explosive devices sent to two former presidents and CNN headquarters in New York.
For the moment, with no reports of any similar devices delivered on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Police Department is not increasing patrols around CNN on Sunset Boulevard or around tourist spots, such as Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, authorities said.
CNN’s Time Warner Center office was evacuated on Wednesday in response to the discovery of a suspicious package containing an explosive device. An unidentified white powder was also found.
Similar explosive devices were sent to the homes of former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party funder George Soros. Another package was intended for former Attorney General Eric Holder, but was sent to the wrong address.
James P. O’Neill, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, implored violent rhetoric and degradation toward journalists to stop, as it was encouraging possible deadly results. “Don’t encourage attacks on the media. … That is contributing to the choices people are making. There’s no question about it,” he said.
President Donald Trump has made it clear the media — especially CNN — is his No. 1 enemy, taking shots at reporters at a number of outlets on a regular basis, calling them “the enemy of the people” on countless occasions.
In a statement Wednesday morning, the White House condemned the attempted attacks. Trump personally addressed the situation by essentially saying “ditto” to a tweet posted by Vice President Mike Pence, which strongly condemned the attempted attacks.
Federal and state authorities continue to investigate.
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