Begin forwarded message:
From: "Parsons, Christi" >
Date: September 19, 2016 at 12:16:06 PM EDT
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" >
Subject: FW: POTUS print pool 2 -- more on POTUS statement about bomb investigations
From: Parsons, Christi
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 12:12 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: POTUS print pool 2 -- more on POTUS statement about bomb investigations
POTUS made note of the person of interest who is the focus of the investigation but did not name him. He said he'd spoken to the NY mayor and NY/NJ governors to offer federal support. He noted that law enforcement is asking for the help of the community.
"If you see something suspicious, then you need to say something," he said. He also asked that the press try to refrain from "getting out ahead of the investigation." The FBI and other federal agencies are out in strong force in the area because of the UNGA meeting happening here now. They are "moving smartly" together. Urged reporters to "stick to what our investigators say."
He said he sees no connection between the bomb plot/s and the stabbing in MN, "at this point we see no connection." Counterterrorism professionals at every level are working together
to keep us safe, "they are the best of the best."
Did not point out a link to international terrorism, but said "we will continue to lead the global fight" against those instigating others to carry out attacks over the internet. "They are continuing to lose ground in Iraq and Syria," and as they lose territory it helps CT efforts to undermine their ideology and make it harder for them to recruit.