By Carlo Versano
Two more suspicious devices were intercepted on Thursday ー one in Delaware en route to former VP Joe Biden and the other at the restaurant and office of actor Robert De Niro in Lower Manhattan ー the eighth and ninth to be sent to high-profile critics of President Trump in a period of three days.
NBC's New York affiliate reported early Thursday morning that police were responding to a suspicious package at a Tribeca building that is owned by De Niro and houses his office and the Tribeca Grill. The station said a maintenance worker at the building called police after seeing the news from Wednesday and remembering that he had handled a similar package the day before.
De Niro is a frequent Trump critic who drew headlines in June for blasting the president from the stage of the live-televised Tony Awards with the expletive, 'Fー- Trump.'
Around the same time, multiple outlets also reported that authorities had been dispatched to a postal facility in New Castle, Del. to investigate a package that resembled the suspicious parcels discovered Wednesday and was addressed to Joe Biden. Helicopter footage from the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, Pa., showed a bomb squad member inspecting something with the help of a robot outside a postal facility.
On Wednesday, Trump held a relatively subdued political rally in which he told the crowd he was "trying to be nice" in light of an apparent assassination attempt on his political rivals. But by Thursday morning, he was blasting the media in a tweet for creating a divisive political environment: "A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News."
John Brennan, the former CIA director to whom a device sent to CNN's New York offices was addressed, replied: "Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful."