The news was just trickling out of some kind of explosion in New York City on Saturday night when Donald Trump said a "bomb" was behind the blast in remarks at a campaign appearance at Colorado Springs.
“I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on but, boy we are really at a time – we better get very tough, folks. We better get very tough. We’ll find out."
"It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world and in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. We’ll see what it is," Trump continued.
Details of the 8:30 p.m. ET incident in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan were still emerging throughout the Colorado event and into the morning hours on the East Coast. Overnight, news emerged that a second explosive device had been found four blocks away. Police identified the device as a pressure cooker.
Trump made the statement before city officials had publicly confirmed details of the incident or what caused the explosion, said CNN, nothing that “typically, national political figures use caution when describing unfolding investigations and law enforcement actions.”
The Republican candidate's Democratic rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, had a more muted response to the New York City blast.
“I think it’s always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened,” she said, according to the Associated Press.