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 BrennanTrailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats MORE.

Similar packages were mailed to a number of Democratic politicians, including former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump 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 John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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."