Trump: I’m ‘Not at All’ to Blame for Mail Bomber’s Actions

By Melanie Arter | October 26, 2018 | 7:07 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

( - President Donald Trump praised the law enforcement community for apprehending the mail bombing suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, Friday, saying it was “like finding a needle in a haystack.”

“I just want to compliment law enforcement for having done an incredible job. The FBI, the Secret Service -- so many. I mean, they just got together and did a fantastic job. Like finding a needle in a haystack. So I want to congratulate them, as you know. I think everybody wants to congratulate them, but they did a fantastic job,” he told reporters before heading to Charlotte, N.C., for a rally.

When asked whether he saw his face on Sayoc’s van, which was seized by the authorities, Trump said, “I did not. I did not see my face on the van. I don't know -- I heard he was a person that preferred me over others, but I did not see that.”

When asked whether he was to blame for Sayoc’s actions, Trump said, “No, not at all. No, I mean -- not at all, no. There's no blame. There's no anything. If you look at what happened to Steve Scalise, that was from a supporter of a different party. If you look at what happened on -- numerous of these incidents, they were supporters of others. No. I'm just really proud of law enforcement.”



When asked whether he plans to call former President Barack Obama or others who were targeted to update them, Trump said, “If they wanted me to, but I think we'll probably pass.”

When asked whether he pledges to tone down the rhetoric for the next few days of the campaign, Trump said he thinks he’s “been toned down, if you want to know the truth.”

“I could really tone it up, because, as you know, the media has been extremely unfair to me and to the Republican Party,” he said.

The president said the media’s “been very, very unfair in terms of the Republican Party and the way it's been covered, and they understand that.

“They write articles about that. Many of them admit that, but the media has been unbelievably unfair to Republicans, conservatives, and certainly to me,” he said.


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