President Donald Trump on Friday praised law enforcement for the quick arrest of pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. and vowed that he and anyone else possibly involved would be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law.”
Trump, speaking at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House, called the sending of the bombs a “despicable” act that has “no place in our country” and vowed that “swift and certain justice” would be delivered.
“We must never allow political violence to take root in America. We cannot let it happen. I am committed to do everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now,” he said.
“Americans must unify. And we must show the world we are united in peace and harmony,” he added.
Trump’s comments came less than an hour after authorities said they had taken Sayoc into custody and would charge him in connection with the series of bombs found this week addressed to critics of the president.
The tone of Trump’s remarks, and the mood at the event, quickly departed from its sober start and took on a more campaign rally-like feel. At points, Trump appeared to veer off script, repeating previous attacks on Democrats and the media and eliciting cheers from the crowd of young African-American conservatives and supporters in attendance.
SOURCE: Adam Edelman