Obama Delivers Statement on NY and NJ Bombings

The president praised the quick response of law enforcement to prevent fatalities and more injuries.
7:33 | 09/19/16

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Also a few words about the explosions occurred here in New York City and New Jersey and the other device. That have been found in New Jersey. I've been monitoring the situation closely. And receiving frequent updates from my team and I've just been briefed again. By a BI director combing. Addition I've had a chance to speak where governors or more crisply as well as mayor to block your. We've seen what was apparently a pipe bomb go off in New Jersey. In seaside park board could seriously injured or US Marines spectators who were there for race. The bombing and the Chelsea neighborhood hear New York injured more than two dozen people. We are extremely fortunate and grateful that nobody was killed. Personalized all of those who have been injured. Wish him a speedy recovery. I especially want a commander Paul. Outstanding police and first responders in both New York City and New Jersey for their. Extraordinary professionalism. And their quick response which truly prevent it. Even more people from being hurt and ensure that. People got. Assistance quickly. And the investigation is moving rapidly. And as is my practice I'm gonna leave it to the FBI and law enforcement provide details finger but he is aware at this point that there is. A person of interest. Who is the focus. Investigation. And the FBI contribute further details in terms that is proceeding. I told governors Cuomo and Christian and mayor of Gloucester that they and their teams we'll continue to have all federal support. As stable ahead with the investigations. Tracking down every lead and working to keep the people of this city and of this region safe. Law enforcement is asking for the help of the community and so everybody in this region. I want to repeat. What we've said before if you see something suspicious. Than you need to say some contact local law enforcement. In the meantime I would ask that the press try to refrain from getting out ahead. B investigation. And extraordinarily. Happy with the cooperation that's been taking place between the FBI. And state and local law enforcement officials. They are moving smartly on this investigation. It does not help your. False reports. Or incomplete information about so try to as much as possible. Stick to what our investigators say because they actually know what they're talking about. Meanwhile I know that the United Nations meetings here every year already create. Additional workload for New York. But given the UN meetings we also politically level of federal resources here to help as needed. Make sure there but he is working together seamlessly as one team. To get to the bottom what happened to find those responsible and make sure that justice is done. Meanwhile while all this is going on in new York and New Jersey were also focused on the stabbing attack at the shopping mall in Minnesota. At this point we see no connection between that incident and what happened here new York and New Jersey. Our attention mayor is on the people who were injured and again we are very grateful that no one lost their life. Thanks for the quick action of a brave off duty police officer the suspect was killed and reported more people being hurt. I had a chance also speak with governor Dayton this morning. I assured him that we provide all the assistance that he needs in the investigation. The FBI is investigating. The Minnesota it's meant as a potential act of terrorism. We will direct the full resources of the federal government. To make sure that the investigation. Goes forward. A grass. Finally I want tickets upturn to reassure. People in this city this region. And Americans across our country but our counterterrorism and law enforcement professionals at every level. Federal state and local are working together. Around the clock to prevent attacks and to keep us safe. There are the best of the best over the years there thwarted many plots and saved many lives. And we are incredibly grateful for their service today and every single. We will continue to lead the global coalition of the fight to destroy axle which is. Instigating. A lot of people over the Internet. To carry out attacks. We are gonna continue to go after them we're gonna take out their leaders we're gonna take out their infrastructure. They are continuing to lose ground in Iraq and in Syria and later today I'll be meeting with prime minister of body of rock to discuss. The need to sustain that momentum. As we take away more of their territory. It exposes sisal as the failed cause that it is and it helps to undermine their ideology which over time make it harder. For them to recruit and inspire people to violence. And we're gonna continue to and let's. Tech companies and community and religious leaders to push back against online extremists content. And all messages and it odd moments like this I think it's important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do. They are trying to hurt innocent people they also want to inspire fear in all of us. And disrupts. The way we live. Undermine our values. And so even as we have to be vigilant and aggressive both and preventing. Senseless acts of violence but also making sure that we. Find those who carry out such acts and bring them to justice. We all have a role to play as citizens. In making sure that we don't succumb to that fear and there's no better example of that than the people of New York from jurors. House speaker the Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie and mayor applause 01 point that they Almeida is. You know folks around here. They don't get scared. They're taught the resilient. They go about the business every single day and that kind of toughness and resolute us. And a recognition that. Neither individuals. Nor. Organizations like Geisel can ultimately. Undermine our way a life that's the kind of strength. That. Makes me so proud to be an American and that's the kind of strike that is going to be absolutely critical. Not just in the days to come but in the years to come. By showing those who want to do us harm that they will never beat us by showing the entire world that as Americans we do not. And never will give in the field. That's going to be the most important ingredient. In us defeated. Those who would carry out terrorist acts against us.

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