The White House has accused the CNN of dividing America as the news network criticised the Trump administration for a "total and complete lack of understanding" of the seriousness of its attacks on the media following the discovery of an explosive package sent to CNN's New York City office.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called CNN's president "disgraceful" Thursday after he blamed President Trump for suspicious packages being sent to the network and to prominent Democrats like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. "Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that".
Sanders claimed falsely that CNN immediately leaped to blame the president for the bomb threat that forced the evacuation the network's NY offices. In his remarks, he made no menion of CNN, which received one of he pipe bombs, addressed to network contributor John Brennan, the former Central Intelligence Agency director who Trump announced on national TV he was stripping of the customary security clearance afforded former Central Intelligence Agency directors, because of Brennan's remarks about him. But he has not worked out that way, often fueling Trump's racist impulses, including when he advised the president to reject immigration deals to preserve DACA, and at other times getting into ugly feuds, including with a Florida congresswoman who stood up for a Gold Star widow Trump had disrespected.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci took aim again at White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Monday, claiming that Kelly is bad for West Wing resolve. However, Trump was back on the attack on Twitter this morning. "Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!"
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt then brought up the shooting of Republicans at a softball game just over a year ago in a politically motivated attack by a man who hated Trump and the GOP, as well as the incidents of enraged citizens confronting administration officials with their families in restaurants.
Two hundred mostly retired journalists penned an open letter Thursday directly blaming Mr. Trump for being "a part of a sustained pattern of attack on a free press".
Sanders defended the president by saying he has condemned violence in all forms since day one and will continue to do so. "The first thing should have been to condemn the violence", Sanders added.
Chief CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted, "Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin".