US Leaders Weigh In on NYC Explosion
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A pair of explosions in New York and New Jersey snarled travel over the weekend, prompting a manhunt and several U.S. leaders to speak out.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday night, calling out his opponent in the process.
Terrible attacks in NY, NJ and MN this weekend. Thinking of victims, their families and all Americans! We need to be strong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2016
Under the leadership of Obama & Clinton, Americans have experienced more attacks at home than victories abroad. Time to change the playbook!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2016
Speaking to reporters in White Plains, New York, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stressed patience.
"Well I think it's important to know all of the facts about an incident like this," Clinton told reporters over the weekend. "That's why it's critical to support the first responders, the investigators who are looking into it, trying to figure out what did happen."
"I think it's always wiser to wait to until you have information for making conclusions, because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened."
During a press conference Monday, Clinton urged Americans and visitors to the U.S. to be vigilant.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that "the investigation is ongoing" but noted that he "wouldn't be surprised if it zeroes in on a particular individual, today even."
Meanwhile, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said travelers to the area can anticipate an enhanced security presence.
"You should know you will see a very substantial NYPD presence this week — bigger than ever," said de Blasio. "I want New Yorkers to be confident when they go back to work on Monday that New York is up and running and we're doing everything that we need to do."
The incident occurred as New York prepares to host a handful of world leaders during this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting.
"Security inside the United Nations is being assessed on a constant basis," UN Secretary General spokesman Stephane Dujarric told CBS. "Outside of the UN, security is the responsibility of the host country. We receive great cooperation and appreciate the support from the federal authorities and the NYPD throughout the year, and especially during the General Assembly to keep staff, delegates and visitors safe."
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Suspect Arrested After Shootout
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