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Man Arrested For Mailing White Powder That Sent Trump's Daughter-In-Law to Hospital

"You make the family idiot, Eric, look smart," a letter sent to Donald Trump, Jr. and his wife Vanessa said.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The man accused of mailing a letter containing white powder to Donald Trump's son has been arrested. The letter was opened by Donald Trump Jr.'s wife, Vanessa, and sent her to the hospital. The sender has been identified as Daniel Frisiello of Beverly, Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press. 

On February 12, Vanessa Trump opened up a letter addressed to her husband in New York City. She said that she felt nauseated and was briefly hospitalized. 

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.

That substance was later determined to be cornstarch.

Frisiello apparently sent letters containing the powder to four other people, including to the office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan.

The 24-year-old was arrested on federal charges of mailing a threat to injure the person of another and false information and hoaxes, according to the Boston Globe.

“You are an awful, awful person,” the note said. “I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV. You make the family idiot, Eric, look smart. This is the reason why people hate you, so you are getting what you deserve. So shut the [expletive] UP!”

Donald Trump Jr. has been a close advisor of his father throughout the campaign and during his presidency. The President has relied on his three children as his closest advisers, reported Fortune.

In a news conference, authorities said that such threats are meant to scare people and imply harm like anthrax. 

Peter F. Kowenhoven, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Boston office, said the message is a way to “terrorize” the public and cause hysteria. “Don’t do it,” he said. “There are plenty of appropriate, lawful ways to express your opinions and voice your displeasure.”

In 2001, there were five contaminated letters sent from Trenton, New Jersey to major news outlets, NBC, CBS, ABC, The New York Post and The National Enquirer. The incident caused widespread panic and people even stockpiled an antibiotics in preparation for an anthrax attack, shared the Smithsonian. The letters were later decontaminated and put on public view at the museum.

Frisiello will appear in court later Thursday.


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