Vanessa Trump, the daughter-in-law of President Trump, has been taken to a hospital after opening a letter containing a suspicious white powder. According to NBC News, the letter was addressed to Donald Trump Jr., Vanessa's husband.
The New York Post adds that the letter was postmarked from Boston and sent to the Upper East Side home of Vanessa's mother, Bonnie Haydon. It was opened at about 10am. She called 911 immediately upon opening the parcel. Post sources say that the letter contained a note that declared it was being delivered as "payback" for Trump Jr.'s "past misdeeds."
The NYPD's Emergency Services Unit, a hazmat team, the department’s Intelligence Bureau, the Secret Service, the Department of Environmental Protection and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force all responded to the situation.
Two others were also decontaminated by the hazmat team and taken to the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center as a precaution, as confirmed by the New York City Fire Department.
The substance has already been deemed to be harmless but will undergo a series of tests and further analysis.
Police say Vanessa reported "not feeling well" after opening the letter, according to The Washington Post.
"How disturbed must a person be to do what they did to a mother of five children?'' Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney, said in a statement. "This dangerous and reckless act goes beyond political differences."
The Secret Service is investigating the matter: "The Secret Service and our law enforcement partners in NYC are investigating a suspicious package addressed to one of our protectees received today in New York," the agency said in a statement. "This is an active investigation and we cannot comment any further."
Similar letters with suspicious substances had been sent to the Trump Parc East apartment of Eric Trump and to Trump campaign offices in 2016, according to USA Today. No one was injured in any of those instances.
In September, Donald Trump Jr. has previously refused Secret Service details, claiming he wanted more privacy. He had their security measures reinstated months later, according to Fox News.
Vanessa and Trump Jr. were married in 2005. They have five children together.
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