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U.S. Officials, Social Media Respond To Discovery Of Explosive Devices

Oct 24, 2018, 10:43 AM | Updated: 11:47 am
Officers with the Uniform Division of the United States Secret Service talk at a checkpoint near th...
Officers with the Uniform Division of the United States Secret Service talk at a checkpoint near the home of President Barack Obama, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Washington. The U.S. Secret Service says agents have intercepted packages containing "possible explosive devices" addressed to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The United States Secret Service intercepted “possible explosive devices” addressed to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Wednesday, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Officials said neither package would have reached its intended target due to the screening process.

Also Wednesday, the CNN offices in New York City were evacuated because of a suspicious package.

A U.S. official told the AP that the explosive discovered near the Clintons’ home in New York state is believed to be linked to one found earlier this week at the home of billionaire George Soros.

U.S. officials immediately began condemning the acts, beginning with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she wrote in a statement. “The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”

Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted that “These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan condemned the attempted attacks, tweeting that the acts were “reprehensible.”

President Donald Trump retweeted Pence, writing, “I agree wholeheartedly!”

Other social media users began weighing in.

Many drew attention to the president’s claims of terrorists among a caravan of asylum-seekers

Others noted Trump’s ongoing dispute with CNN and his constant denouncements of Hillary Clinton

Others used the opportunity to bring up recent headline-making protests

And Twitter users were quick to point out alleged hypocrisy by those calling for civility

As of Wednesday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his office received a suspicious device, as did the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. No one had been harmed by the explosive devices.

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U.S. Officials, Social Media Respond To Discovery Of Explosive Devices