President Donald Trump released the following statement about the arrest of 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, the man arrested in connection with the explosive devices that were sent to prominent Democrats across the United States.
You can read President Trump’s full comments below:
“I’d like to begin today’s remarks by providing an update on the packages and devices that have been mailed to high profile figures throughout the country and a media organization.
I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and taken him into custody. It’s an incredible job by law enforcement. We’ve carried out a far-reaching federal, state, and local investigation to find the person or persons responsible for these events. These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country, no place.
I’ve instructed authorities to spare no resource or expense in the finding those responsible and bringing them to swift and certain justice. And we will prosecute, them, him, her — whoever it may be — to the fullest extent of the law.
We must never allow political violence to take root in America, we cannot let it happen. And I’m committed to doing everything in my power as President to stop it and to stop it now.
I’ve just concluded a briefing with a Department of Justice following the apprehension of the suspect. I want to applaud the FBI, Secret Service, DoJ, US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of NY, NYPD, and all law enforcement through the entire country, incredible partners, these people have worked so hard and to have done it so quickly. It’s a needle in a haystack, how do you do this so quickly They’ve done an incredible job and I want to congratulate them
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. There is no country like our country and every day we are showing the world just how truly great we are.”
Who Is Cesar Sayoc?
Cesar Sayoc is a 56-year-old registered Republican living in Florida that has been arrested in connection to the explosive devices that were sent to Democrats and CNN during the week of October 22. Sayoc reportedly registered to vote for the first time in 2016.
Sayoc mailed suspected explosive devices — mainly pipe bombs — to various critics and opponents of President Donald Trump, including the Obamas, the Clintons, CNN, George Soros, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Eric Holder, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Rober De Niro, Maxine Waters, former Vice President, Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In total, 12 explosive devices sent by Sayoc were intercepted by authorities. According to authorities, cell phone records and DNA played a role in the arrest of Sayoc.
Sayoc, who was previously arrested in 2002 for making a bomb threat, will be prosecuted out of the Southern District of New York.