Donald Trump Jr. confirmed on Monday that his wife and children are safe, following reports that a suspicious package was sent to his residence in New York City earlier in the day. The president’s son tweeted, “Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning. Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”
Vanessa, Trump’s wife, was hospitalized after she opened a letter containing an as yet unidentified substance, according to the New York City Police Department. The powder is being analyzed at a lab in New York City. Vanessa Trump told emergency dispatchers that she felt nauseated when she opened the letter. She was decontaminated at the scene.
The letter was addressed to Donald Trump Jr. Mailed to his East 54th Street apartment, it was postmarked from Boston, according to reports, but the sender is still unreported.
Vanessa Trump was taken to a hospital as a precaution, while initial reports said that two others were also taken. There were no reports of anyone hurt.
A fire brigade responded at approximately 10:00 a.m. to an emergency call about a suspicious substance at the Trump residence. Police and Secret Service agents remained on the scene to conduct an investigation. “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," the agency said in a statement. "This is an active investigation and we cannot comment any further.”
Trump Jr. married Vanessa Trump, 40, the former Vanessa Kay Haydon, in 2005. The couple’s five children were not at home at the time of the incident. Speaking for President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen said in a statement, "How disturbed must a person be to do what they did to a mother of five young children? This dangerous and reckless act goes beyond political differences."
In March 2016, Donald Trump Jr.'s brother, Eric, received an envelope containing what turned out to be a harmless white powder. Similar envelopes were sent twice to Trump Tower in 2016.
On social media, there were many messages expressing concern. Among them was a message from President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. However, there were a few malicious comments as well. Someone identified as Lubnaus and LubnaArikat tweeted, “Um... so Donald Trump Jr. fake sent an envelope with white powder (prob chalk) to wife Vanessa Trump to create distraction & sympathy.... they are attention whores! Unless she’s dead, news is worthless.” The Twitter account for Lunaus was suspended in the hours after the incident.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.