A letter addressed to Donald Trump Jr was opened by his wife and was found to contain white powder, police say. The letter arrived at the couple's apartment in Manhattan for the President's son and was instead collected by the mother of his wife, Vanessa, who opened it up to find the suspicious powder. Mrs Trump and two others at the scene were decontaminated by firefighters and taken to hospital for evaluation, where it was said that Mrs Trump did not appear to be physically affected by the unknown substance. The New York Police Department have since tested the white powder and confirmed it was non-hazardous, suggesting that the letter was another in a string of cruel pranks directed at the Trump family since Donald Sr's election in November 2016.
Vanessa Trump is said to have called 911 after the delivery arrived because she was coughing and felt nauseous, police said. Back in September Donald Trump Jr, 40, chose let go of his family's Secret Service protection and leave his wife and their five children without security, but they were reactivated one week later. Vanessa was taken to hospital as a precaution after opening the envelope but was found to be exhibiting no negative side effects. Copycat 'anthrax scares' are often used to frighten people and the Trump family have fallen foul of several of these scares, perhaps from the same person. In March 2016, 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. Similar envelopes were also sent to Trump Tower during the height of the election campaign, where the Tower was used as the Republican candidate's campaign headquarters.
Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning. Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 12, 2018
The President's son and daughter-in-law both took to Twitter to thank the emergency services for their help, and Donald Jr expressed his concern over the attackers actions. The 2001 anthrax attacks killed five people, after being mailed to news organisations and the offices of two American senators. The Secret Service have since acknowledged that they were participating in a full investigation into the mysterious package but have so far declined to comment further.