Secret Service Intercepts Suspicious Packages Sent to Clintons, Obama
The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted two suspicious packages with “possible explosive devices,” one of them addressed to former President Barack Obama and the other to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Within hours, the Time Warner Center in New York, where news network CNN has studios, was evacuated Wednesday morning after a suspicious package was found in the mail room there. A device that was contained in an envelope was safely transported from the site in a special truck by the city’s police department bomb squad.
The Secret Service says the package addressed to Clinton was discovered late Tuesday, intercepted at a mail screening facility near her home in a New York suburb where she lives with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
A second package, according to the Secret Service, addressed to Obama was intercepted at a screening facility at a military facility in Washington, D.C.
An explosive device was found on Monday in a mail box outside the home in the state of New York of billionaire philanthropist George Soros, a major donor to Democratic candidates. Media reports, quoting officials, say all three newly discovered devices appear similar in construction.
Vice President Mike Pence, on Twitter, condemned “the attempted attacks” on Obama, the Clintons, CNN and others” and vowed “those responsible would be brought to justice.” Trump tweeted that he "wholeheartedly" agreed with Pence's comments.
No US High-ranking Officials to Attend China Investment Fair
The U.S. will not send a high-ranking official to attend a major investment fair in China next month, the U.S. Embassy said Wednesday, in a move underscoring worsening trade frictions between the world's two largest economies.
"China needs to make the necessary reforms to end its unfair practices that are harming the world economy," an embassy spokesperson said, speaking on routine condition of anonymity.
"The U.S. government has no current plans for high-level U.S. government participation" in the expo, the official told The Associated Press. "We encourage China to level the playing the field for U.S. goods and services."
State media reported the first-ever China International Import Expo scheduled for Nov. 5-10 in the financial hub of Shanghai has attracted more than 2,800 companies from 130 nations.
The fair aims to advertise China's importance as a market for foreign goods and recent moves to encourage trade and investment amid accusations that it discriminates against foreign companies and unfairly demands they hand over crucial technology.