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Trump campaign chief apologizes for email criticizing CNN in wake of evacuation

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale on Wednesday apologized for an email sent by the campaign earlier that day criticizing CNN.

The email, which was sent after CNN had been evacuated due to a suspicious package, attacked the network and featured a "media accountability survey," which purported to help fight "fake news' attacks" and "bias against hardworking Americans." The email was signed by Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law and senior adviser to his reelection campaign.

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Parscale said in a statement to CNN that the email "unfortunately was a pre-programmed, automated message that was not caught before the news broke."

"We apologize for this," Parscale added. "We in no way condone violence against anyone who works for CNN, or anyone else."

CNN's New York City office at the Time Warner Center was evacuated Wednesday after it received a suspicious package with a possible explosive device addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal Online and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' MORE.

Similar packages were mailed to a number of Democratic politicians, including former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClose the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster MORE and former President Obama. Authorities have said the devices were similar to one found earlier this week at the home of George Soros, the prominent Democratic donor. 

The White House on Wednesday morning condemned the attacks. President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE said later that afternoon at a White House event that "acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America."