President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE on Monday emphasized the need for “continuing vigilance” following the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville, Tenn., offering praise for law enforcement and first responders who assisted in the wake of the explosion.
“This bombing was a reminder of the destructive power an individual or a small group can muster and the need for continuing vigilance across the board,” Biden said in remarks from Wilmington, Del.
He thanked police officers and firemen who evacuated the area and first responders who “jumped into action” on the scene to assist those impacted.
“Their bravery and cool headedness likely saved lives and prevented a worse outcome, and we are eternally grateful to that law enforcement agency,” Biden said. “I know the hearts of all Americans are with the people of Nashville as they rebuild and recover from this traumatic event.”
Biden and President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE were both briefed on the incident on Friday. Biden’s remarks on Monday represented his first verbal comments on the bombing. Trump, who has been at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., for the holiday, has yet to say anything publicly about the incident.
A White House spokesman said last week that Trump "will continue to receive regular updates" and is "grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured."
Officials on Sunday identified Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as the man responsible for the Christmas Day bombing and said he died in the blast. Investigators identified Warner as the bomber using DNA evidence and other forensic evidence gathered at the crime scene.
Officials are still investigating a possible motive. They said Sunday that there is no indication at this point that any other individuals were involved, and that the city is believed to be safe. Agents conducted a search of Warner’s home Saturday, before he was publicly identified as the main suspect.
The bomb exploded from a car on Christmas morning in downtown Nashville, wounding three people and damaging dozens of buildings. An AT&T building was among the structures damaged, disrupting cell service and emergency communications infrastructure.
The vehicle played a warning message telling people a bomb was about to explode and to clear the area before it detonated.