Trump lauds authorities in suspected July 4 plot

Ohio

President Donald Trump is praising federal law enforcement personnel who say they foiled a suspected terrorist attack by an American-born citizen.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that “President Trump commends the work of the DOJ and the FBI in helping stop this would-be attacker.”

Federal authorities said Monday that Demetrius Pitts had expressed his support for al-Qaida for more than a year and talked about setting off bombs at a July Fourth parade in Cleveland and later in Philadelphia.

Pitts was due in federal court Monday in Cleveland.

He was arrested Sunday after meeting an undercover agent and was charged with attempted support of a terrorist organization.

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