A suspicious powder placed inside an envelope was sent to Donald Trump’s campaign office on Thursday, causing some commotion at the 725 Fifth Avenue Trump Tower.
According to sources, a male intern opened the letter addressed specifically to the Republican front runner’s campaign. White powder spilled out of the envelope, alerting everyone in the fifth floor Trump campaign office where volunteers make and receive calls, as well as open mail.
Building security immediately resealed the envelope to prevent the suspicious powder from further spreading in the building. After that, a call was made to 911.
Personnel from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene along with the NYPD Emergency Services Unit appeared at Donald Trump’s campaign office. Sources revealed that the Secret Service and the NYPD are now investigating the incident, along with Homeland Security.
The intern who opened the envelope was immediately decontaminated as an initial precaution. There were also two other people who were exposed to the suspicious powder. In the latest report, five civilians and a police officer were exposed to the yet unidentified substance.
On Thursday night, police went on to test the substance. The results have so far indicated that the suspicious powder is non-hazardous and not dangerous at all. However, authorities are saying that additional testing needs to be made to officially identify it.
Donald Trump is the current Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination bid. He has been criticized many times all throughout his campaign by most of his political rivals, and even voters, for his strong comments on several sensitive social topics.
His remarks on women, refugees and immigrants, specifically when the business tycoon described Mexican immigrants in the United States as “rapists,” have drawn a lot of ire and hatred. It has even led to violence during his rallies.
This incident surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign and the mailed suspicious white powder is just the latest in a string of similar incidents.
Just last month, the media mogul-turned-politician’s 32-year-old son, Eric Trump, was sent a similar envelope that contained a suspicious powder as well. The envelope also had a threatening note that said, “If your father does not drop out of the race, the next envelope won’t be fake.”
Investigators revealed that the postmarked envelope from Massachusetts was opened by Eric’s wife, Lara, at the Trump Parc East Building on Central Park South. The incident happened on the night of March 17.
The threats did not end there. Two days after the Eric Trump envelope incident, Donald Trump’s sister also received a threatening letter.
Maryanne Trump Barry is a judge who sits on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Pennsylvania. Although the envelope received by Barry only contained threats and had no suspicious white powder like the one sent to Eric Trump in New York, the authorities are still treating the case seriously.
It has been reported that the FBI was working alongside the Secret Service as well as the U.S. Marshals Service to investigate the incident.
In 2001, anthrax attacks, also known as Amerithrax from its FBI case name, occurred several weeks after the September 11 attacks. Letters tainted with anthrax were received by different media outlets and offices which led to the death of five people. Since then, any suspicious white powder sent through sealed envelopes in the mail have become a cause for concern in the country.
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