Clinton, Trump react to New York blast
Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump have both reacted to the New York blast that injured 29 persons.
Republican nominee Donald Trump jumped the gun on the news reports by saying in Colorado Springs that “a bomb went off in New York.”
“We better get very tough, folks, we better get very, very tough,” he said.
His Democratic rival Hillary Clinton immediately took swipe at her opponent.
“I think it’s always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions,” she said.
De Blasio said investigators believe there was “no specific connection” to a pipe bomb explosion hours earlier in a trash can in New Jersey.
“It is again too early to say anything definitive on those questions, but there’s no specific evidence of a connection at this point,” he said.
The New Jersey blast occurred in Seaside Park during a Marine Corps charity run. It caused no injuries but forced officials to cancel the event.
There were up to four timed explosives but only one detonated, Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor, told CNN.
The mayor said that the police department and all other agencies — including the city’s “anti-terror capacity in particular” — were on full alert.
The city routinely goes on extra security alert following attacks in other American cities or in Europe, and police claim to have foiled multiple terror plots since September 11, 2001 when nearly 3,000 people were killed.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said state officials were coordinating with federal and city authorities.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and urge New Yorkers to, as always, remain calm and vigilant,” Cuomo said in a statement.