Suspect arrested after explosive devices sent to Trump critics and CNN
President Trump renewed his calls for unity Friday after touting the apprehension of a suspect in the case of the bombs mailed to Democratic figures, despite pointing the finger at the media in tweets over the past two days as critics question his heated rhetoric.
Trump declined to mention any of the targets or their party affiliation by name, only citing them as public figures. He also noted a media organization had received a bomb, but did not specify that it was CNN.
“But 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," Trump said at the White House. “There is no country like our country and every day we are showing the world just how truly great we are.”
President Trump, announcing the arrest of a suspect in connection to the suspicious packages, called the mailed explosive devices "terrorizing acts."
"These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country," Trump said.
He added: "We must never allow political violence to take root in America. Cannot let it happen. I’m committed to doing everything in my power as President to stop it. To stop it now. Stop it now."
Law enforcement officials towed away a van found in Plantation, Florida, where a suspect was arrested in connection to the explosive devices.
The van is heading to Miramar, Florida, where a FBI field office is located, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Law enforcement officials covered the van with a blue tarp before it was hauled off. Numerous stickers affixed to the van appeared to be political in nature.
Here's a look at the scene:
Law enforcement sources identified the man arrested in Florida in connection with the suspicious packages as Cesar Sayoc.
He is 56, has an Aventura, Florida, address, ties to New York and a criminal history.
President Trump is expected to address the investigation into the suspicious packages and explosive devices any minute now.
He's will issue another call for unity and will mention the arrest but give no specifics of who was arrested or any other details, an official said.
The President will describe the suspicious packages as “terrorizing acts,” an official said.
He recently went back to the Oval Office — which explains his delay (he was expected to begin speaking around noon ET).
His speech is being updated as we speak.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott took to Twitter to condemn the series of explosive devices and suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats, Trump critics and others.
"ANY attempt to harm others is disgusting & has no place in Florida or our country," he said.
Authorities arrested a man in connection to the suspicious packages in Plantation, Florida, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
Read Scott's tweet:
President Trump just tweeted that he'll soon speak about the investigation into the explosive devices and suspicious packages.
He's due to speak at an event at noon, and he said he'll address the investigation then.
Here's the tweet:
Authorities are investigating another suspicious package in Sacramento, California, addressed to Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, according to a law enforcement official.
Authorities have found 12 packages — addressed to 10 people — in recent days.
The suspect arrested in connection with the suspicious packages is in his 50s and has a criminal history, a law enforcement source said.
While the suspect has an Aventura, Florida, address, he has ties to New York.
He was arrested at a business in Plantation, Florida.