Sarah Sanders: Trump ‘could not have been more presidential’ in response to bomb attacks

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE “could not have been more presidential” when he was addressing the string of attempted bomb attacks targeting prominent Democrats.

Trump on Wednesday initially responded by retweeting Vice President Pence, who condemned the actions and called the acts “cowardly” and “despicable.” Trump added in sharing Pence's tweet, “I wholeheartedly agree!"

“Let's not get lost in who is responsible for this heinous act,” Sanders said in an interview Thursday morning on "Fox & Friends."  “It is the person who made and sent these suspicious packages."

The White House on Wednesday called the perpetrators "cowards" and promised to punish those responsible.


On Wednesday afternoon, Trump spoke briefly about the suspicious packages during an event on opioids at the White House, condemning "acts or threats of political violence” and making a call for unity.

"I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said at a White House event.

However on Thursday morning, Trump returned to using his label of "fake news" — which has prompted criticism from journalists — while going after The New York Times for its latest story on the president's cell phone habits. 

At a rally in Wisconsin Wednesday night, Trump said the media "also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostilities and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories."

The Secret Service and other authorities at the federal and local level say suspicious packages were addressed to prominent Democrats such as former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines The Memo: Trump lags in polls as crises press Biden savors Trump's latest attacks MORE.

The packages were intercepted late Tuesday and on Wednesday.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle strongly denounced the suspicious packages containing potentially explosive devices.

Top Democrats on Wednesday slammed Trump for his response to the attempted attacks, saying his "words ring hollow."

"Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions," Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerPelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Is the 'endless frontier' at an end? Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump praises 'domination' of DC protesters Pelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd MORE (Calif.) said in a joint statement.

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Trump asserts his power over Republicans Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe MORE, meanwhile, ripped President Trump on Thursday for a tweet blaming the media for anger in society, saying that Trump should "look in the mirror."

Brennan, a frequent Trump critic who was the intended target of the pipe bomb delivered to CNN's offices on Wednesday, said that the president's rhetoric was "disgraceful."

--Updated at 11:40 a.m.