Trump Campaign Email Attacks CNN After Pipe Bomb Causes Office Evacuation, Includes 'Media Accountability Survey'

CNN evacuated its New York offices on Wednesday morning due to a suspicious package that turned out to be an explosive device. That deadly threat did not stop the Trump campaign, nearly two hours later, from sending out an email blast to supporters slamming the television network together with a "media accountability survey."

The email sent at 11:57 a.m. EDT was signed by Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump, who is a senior adviser for his reelection campaign. It was titled "It felt like…" quoting CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta in August describing the backlash he got at a Trump rally in Florida: "It felt like we weren't in America anymore."

"Here's what CNN said. What do you say?" the email states. "I have some breaking news for CNN… That is the real America that exists outside of the liberal bubble."

"It's time for us to give the media another wake-up call from the American people," the email continues. "The President needs you to take the Media Accountability Survey to do your part in fighting back against the fake news' attacks and bias against hardworking Americans."

The email asks for responses to the survey by 11:59 p.m.

One of the questions is: "Do you trust the mainstream media to put the interests of Americans first?" with the options Yes, No, No Opinion and Other.

While such emails are generally scheduled ahead of time, the campaign would have had the option of canceling in light of Wednesday morning's events.

Almost 2 hours after CNN was evacuated, the Trump campaign sent this email, signed by Lara Trump. The email attacks CNN and includes a “media accountability survey.” These emails are always setup in advance, but most campaigns put a hold on emails when there is breaking news

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The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Wednesday.

Trump has frequently attacked CNN during his time as president, labeling it the worst example of what he has decried as "fake news," a term he has generally used to refer to negative stories about him and his administration. On Sunday, he tweeted, "Facebook has just stated that they are setting up a system to 'purge' themselves of Fake News. Does that mean CNN will finally be put out of business?"

Wednesday afternoon, the president called the attempted bombings via suspicious packages sent to CNN, former President Barack Obama, the Clintons, and others, "despicable" and said a "major federal investigation" was underway.

"The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice," he said.

New York Police Department officials said that an envelope containing white powder was found along with the explosive device at Time Warner Center, where CNN has its offices.

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Lara Trump speaks prior to the arrival of President Donald Trump during a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 29. An email the Trump campaign sent slamming CNN shortly after the network’s offices were evacuated due to a suspicious package contained her signature. Drew Angerer/Getty Images