President Donald Trump was asked by a reporter on Friday if he has any blame for the mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats this week – and he didn’t hesitate to shoot back his response.
“No, not at all,” Trump said. “There’s no blame. There’s no anything. If you look at what happened to Steve Scalise, that was from a supporter of a different party.”
Trump was then asked if he would “tone down” his rhetoric against Democrats and the media, but the president remained defiant.
“I think I’ve been toned down, if you want to know the truth. I could really tone it up. Because, as you know, the media has been extremely unfair to me and to the Republican Party,” Trump added.
Watch his remarks below:
Police on Friday arrested Cesar Sayoc in connection with a string of mail bombs being sent to prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder.
Authorities also confiscated his vehicle, which was covered in pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers. Another sticker declared "CNN sucks."
"Authorities on Friday arrested Sayoc and identified him as a suspect in the sprawling mail-bomb scare that included at least 13 suspicious packages sent to political and media figures, including many pictured on the van," the Washington Post reported. "Sayoc has been charged with five federal crimes, including transportation of explosives and threats against former presidents, and could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted."
Sayoc has a prior criminal record and was well-known to police.
The WaPo reported continued: "Sayoc, who was previously known to law enforcement officials, has been arrested nearly a dozen times in Florida, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat. His criminal record in the state extends to the early 1990s, starting with his arrest for larceny at the age of 29, according to state records. Other charges of larceny, grand theft and fraud would soon follow across the southern part of the state."