White pow­der sparks scare

Fort McMurray Today - - WORLD NEWS - JAKE PEARSON

NEW YORK — Don­ald Trump Jr.’s wife was taken to a New York City hos­pi­tal as a pre­cau­tion Mon­day af­ter she opened an en­ve­lope ad­dressed to her hus­band that con­tained an uniden­ti­fied white pow­der, po­lice said.

A pre­lim­i­nary test in­di­cated the sub­stance wasn’t dan­ger­ous, po­lice said.

Vanessa Trump, 40, opened the let­ter ad­dressed to the Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son Mon­day morn­ing at their mid­town Man­hat­tan apart­ment, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. She called 911 and said she was cough­ing and felt nau­seous, po­lice said.

The New York Fire De­part­ment said it treated three pa­tients who were then taken to a hos­pi­tal for what it con­sid­ered mi­nor in­juries. The iden­ti­ties of the pa­tients were not re­vealed.

Po­lice said the en­ve­lope con­tained a let­ter but pro­vided no other de­tails.

The Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

De­tec­tives from the New York Po­lice De­part­ment’s in­tel­li­gence divi­sion and Se­cret Ser­vice agents were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“The Se­cret Ser­vice and our law en­force­ment part­ners in New York City are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pi­cious pack­age ad­dressed to one of our pro­tectees re­ceived to­day in New York, N.Y. This is an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we can­not com­ment any fur­ther,” Se­cret Ser­vice Spe­cial Agent Jef­frey Adams said in a state­ment.

Vanessa Trump, a for­mer model, and Don­ald Trump Jr. have five chil­dren, none of whom were home at the time of the in­ci­dent.

In March 2016, po­lice de­tec­tives and FBI agents in­ves­ti­gated a threat­en­ing let­ter sent to the Man­hat­tan apart­ment of Don­ald Trump Jr.’s brother, Eric, that also con­tained a white pow­der that turned out to be harm­less. En­velopes con­tain­ing white pow­der were also sent to Trump Tower, which served as Trump’s cam­paign head­quar­ters, twice in 2016.

Hoax at­tacks us­ing white pow­der play on fears that date to 2001, when letters con­tain­ing deadly an­thrax were mailed to news or­ga­ni­za­tions and the of­fices of two U.S. sen­a­tors. Those letters killed five peo­ple.

GETTY IMAGES FILES

Don­ald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump are seen on Sept. 21, 2017. Vanessa Trump was taken to hos­pi­tal on Mon­day af­ter open­ing a let­ter con­tain­ing a white pow­der, which was later found not to be dan­ger­ous.

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