Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 am
White powder sends Trump Jr. wife to hospital
NEW YORK – Donald Trump Jr.'s wife was taken to a New York City hospital Monday as a precaution after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained an unidentified white powder, though police later said the substance wasn't dangerous.
The frightening episode happened after 10 a.m. when Vanessa Trump, 40, opened the letter her mother's Manhattan apartment, investigators said. She called 911 and said she was coughing and felt nauseous, police said.
“Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. “Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”
The New York Fire Department said it treated three patients who were then taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Police said the envelope contained a letter but provided no other details.
Detectives from the New York Police Department's intelligence division and Secret Service agents were investigating.
Secret Service Special Agent Jeffrey Adams said in a statement that agents were investigating “a suspicious package addressed to one of our protectees” in New York but couldn't comment further.
Vanessa Trump, a former model, and Donald Trump Jr. have five children, none of whom were home.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the president spoke by phone to Vanessa Trump.
Later, the Republican president's daughter-in-law posted a tweet thanking New York's police and fire departments, the FBI and the Secret Service for their help.