President Barack Obama has no plans to address the American people regarding the bombings that happened in New York and New Jersey Saturday but will attend a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in New York on Sunday instead, according to White House pool reports.
According to a pool report issued at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, a White House official confirmed “that while the President is being briefed” on the matter “as warranted, there is no plan for him to make a statement today (paper or otherwise) on last night’s explosion in New York City.”
“President Barack Obama is attending a Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) event today in NY, ” according to a White House pool report sent at 6:22 p.m.
“The president arrived at JBA at 445 on a balmy, breezy September afternoon to start a three-and-a-half day trip to NY to attend UNGA and squeeze in two Democratic fundraisers (first one this evening),” another pool report said.
At 6:24 p.m., a White House pool report read, “Marine One landed at the Lower Manhattan heliport at 612.
Motorcade is on the move on FDR drive at 620. The fundraiser is being held in the home of Audrey and Danny Meyer.
Per the Clinton campaign, there are about 65 attendees. Attendees contributed $25,000. Co-chairs contributed $100,000. Chairs raised or contributed $250,000.”
The White House issued a statement to outlets Saturday night saying, “The president has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation. The president will be updated as additional information becomes available.”
The events coincided on the same day that a young man, originally from Somalia, went on a stabbing rampage at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota in the name of the Islamic State. ISIS has claimed credit for the stabbing.
A 911 caller left a chilling message following the explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, threatening that there would be “more” to come.