Nashville Mayor John Cooper says he has yet to hear from President Donald Trump after a bomb rocked 2nd Avenue on Christmas Day, damaging more than 40 businesses and leaving three people injured, according to FOX 17 Nashville.
When asked by CNN if he has heard from President Trump, Mayor Cooper replied, “No, I haven’t.”
Cooper continued to say that U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn has been in contact with the President about the blast.
“Our senior senator I know talked to him [President Trump] yesterday she said and he apparently had been following the news very closely, and was committing help from the federal government aspect for which we are grateful and we’ll need that,” Mayor Cooper told CNN.
The local news outlet noted that Blackburn wrote to Trump asking for disaster assistance for the city.
“This has been a trying year for Nashville, but we are strong and we will recover,” said Senator Blackburn. “I am urging President Trump to declare a major disaster declaration to provide all necessary federal resources to help Nashville’s recovery and support the small business owners that have already been hurting from the pandemic.”
On the morning of the explosion, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement: “President Trump has been briefed on the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue to receive regular updates. The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”
Cooper said he expects it will take months to repair and rebuild 2nd Avenue.
CNN reported that investigators have identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the bomber, after matching his DNA to tissue found at the scene of the explosion.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present when the bomb went off and then he perished,” said Don Cochran, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, during a Sunday evening news conference.
Authorities believe Warner acted alone and have not yet determined a motive for the bombing.
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