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President’s daughter-in-law opens letter filled with white powder

by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/12/18, 02:32 pm

Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump Jr., sought treatment at a New York City hospital Monday after opening a letter that contained a white powder. Trump called 911 when she started coughing and feeling nauseous. A New York Police Department spokesman said preliminary tests indicated the powder did not contain anything harmful, although they don’t yet know what it was. The Secret Service and the police department’s intelligence division are investigating the incident. Trump found the letter, addressed to her husband, at their midtown Manhattan apartment.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 02/12/2018 08:59 pm

    I do hope this really is a harmless substance and Mrs. Trump has no ill effects. 

    But I think it is valuable that incidents like this expose the anti-Trump movement for being as hateful as they are. 

  • Bruce's picture
    Posted: Tue, 02/13/2018 01:11 am

    @OldMike, I think it is premature to conclude that the letter was sent by any anti-Trump domestic citizen.  It seems reasonable, but let's not fan the flames of gossip when there is no evidence yet to conclude that, nor should it be used to paint a broad brush over every person who dislikes our POTUS.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/13/2018 08:46 pm

    Premature? No evidence? Perhaps. Perhaps not yet. 

    But i believe, when looking for suspects to a crime, it’s normal to take very close looks at those who have been spewing angry, hate-filled, even irrational statements and threats. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/13/2018 11:59 pm

    The media is now reporting the contents of the letter that was in the envelope with the white powder.  Of course anyone at all could have written it.