President Trump’s daughter-in-law was taken to a hospital Monday morning after she opened a piece of mail addressed to her husband that contained an unknown white powder, police sources said.
Vanessa Trump, 40, who is married to Donald Trump Jr., did not suffer any complications but was decontaminated at the scene, and then taken as a precaution to Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Sources said authorities were called at about 10 a.m. to the E. 54th St., home of Vanessa Trump’s mother, who was also taken to the hospital for observation. The mother had handled the package before handing it to her daughter. A third person was also taken to the hospital.
The daughter opened the letter, and white powder spilled out. She then called 911.
A preliminary test of the powder indicated it wasn’t dangerous, police said.
Vanessa Trump, a former model, and Trump Jr. have five children, none of whom were home at the time of the incident.
He blamed the letter on political opposition.
“Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted hours later.
“Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”
The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, also weighed in on the scare.
“Thinking of @MrsVanessaTrump & wishing I was by her side today,” Ivanka Trump tweeted. “No one deserves to be frightened this way. There is no excuse.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the President was aware of the incident.
“I know the President spoke with her,” Sanders said told reporters at the White House press briefing. “Beyond that at this point it’s an ongoing and active investigation, so I can’t comment any further.”
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.
NBC News said the letter had a Boston postmark, and appeared to contain corn starch.
Envelopes containing white powder were also sent to Trump Tower, which served as Trump’s campaign headquarters, twice in 2016.
Tamae Avis, 33, a software engineer, who lives in the building, said she was heartbroken by the news.
“We have to be human,” Avis said. “I don’t like the way the current state of politics is going. It’s really sad. That’s malicious. That’s just mean. People have disagreements. Just don’t do that.”
Neighbor Alan France said he didn’t even know the Trumps lived in the building.
“First I thought it was very scary, because you wouldn’t expect something like this to happen around here,” France said.
“I didn’t know she lived here. If she’s a Trump, you’d think she’d lived in a Trump building. You just don’t know anymore. I saw it on the news. I said, Wait a minute. That looks like our building. I was shocked. I just didn’t know.”