Suspicious white powder sends Donald Trump Jr's wife to hospital

Published: 13 February 2018 Image credit: Reuters

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Donald Trump Jr's wife, Vanessa Trump, was rushed to a New York hospital yesterday after being exposed to an unknown white powder in the family’s Manhattan apartment.

President’s Trump’s daughter-in-law opened a package addressed to her husband at about 10am on Monday, which contained the substance.

Mrs Trump was taken to hospital as a precaution, but has since been declared healthy and has been released.

A hazmat crew attended the apartment Mrs Trump shares with her husband and five children, and began decontamination procedures shortly after the incident.

The powder has since been deemed non-hazardous and it’s still unclear what the substance was, or the motive behind the anonymous delivery.

The US Secret service is 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, New York. This is an active investigation and we cannot comment any further," the agency said in a statement. 

Mr Trump Jr took to Twitter to vent his disgust, blaming someone with “opposing views” for the incident.

"Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning," he tweeted.

"Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior."

In 2001, letters with white powder containing deadly anthrax spores were sent to two US senators and several news media offices, killing five people and infecting 17.