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Biden Steps Up As Trump Abandons Nashville After Christmas Day Bombing

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President-elect Joe Biden on Monday addressed the terrorist attack in Nashville, Tennessee, saying he is “eternally grateful” for the officers at the Metro Nashville Police Department for their quick actions after the explosion on 2nd Avenue rattled downtown Nashville, leaving three people hurt and more than 40 businesses damaged.

“This bombing was a reminder of the destructive power of an individual or a small group can muster and the need for continuing vigilance across the board,” Biden said. “I want to thank the police department in Nashville, particularly those five police officers who worked so quickly to evacuate the area before the explosion occurred, risking their own lives, and all the firefighters and first responders who jumped into action early on that Christmas morning, last Christmas morning.”

“Their bravery and cool-headedness likely saved lives and prevented a worse outcome,” Biden said. “We are eternally grateful for that law enforcement agency. I know the hearts of all Americans are with the people of Nashville as they rebuild and recover from this traumatic event.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is nowhere to be found. He has basically abdicated his role as “Commander-In-Chief.”

Nashville Mayor John Cooper says he has not heard from President Donald Trump following the Christmas Day bombing, local station Fox17 reports.

When asked by CNN if he has heard from President Trump, Mayor Cooper replied, “No, I haven’t.”

The morning of the explosion, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere issued the following 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.”

Watch Biden’s remarks below.