Emergency crews were called to Trump Tower in New York after an envelope containing a mysterious white powder was opened by an intern. The envelope was addressed to Donald Trump and sent to the business mogul at his famous Trump Tower. Hazmat responded to the incident, and five Trump staffers along with a cop were all placed in isolation, as they were in the room when the envelope was opened.
The Daily Mail reports that there was a scare at Trump Towers on Thursday evening when an intern opened an envelope addressed to the businessman that contained an unidentified white powder. After the powder was found in the envelope, the letter was re-sealed and employees called 911. Firefighters were first to respond to the scene and were followed shortly by a hazmat team. The six individuals were placed in isolation following the incident, as emergency responders tried to identify the mysterious substance.
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) April 29, 2016
The isolation comes from fear that the white powder could be anthrax, a dangerous substance that was mailed to numerous media outlets and members of Congress following the 9/11 attacks in New York City. The 2001 anthrax attacks left five people dead and caused a massive manhunt for the culprit. The FDNY spokesperson notes that none of the Trump staffers in quarantine have fallen ill following the frightening incident. It was also noted that the white powder substance in the Trump Tower envelope was evaluated and was not deemed a health risk. However, the hazmat team isolated the individuals out of an abundance of caution.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 29, 2016
The Trump Tower white powder scare comes just a month after Trump’s son Eric was sent a mysterious letter also containing a white powder substance. ABC reports that the envelope sent to Eric Trump included the white powder and a letter that said, “If your father does not drop out of the race, the next envelope won’t be a fake,” and was signed with a simple “X.” However, the mail attacks on Trump did not end with Eric Trump.
White powder spills on Eric Trump’s wife from letter demanding his father drop out https://t.co/KAMksnl2j2
— Michael Savage News (@DrSavageSays) March 19, 2016
Shortly after Eric received the envelope of powder, Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a federal judge, also received a threatening letter about her brother in the mail. While Maryanne’s letter did not include white powder, it did outline a series of threats against her business mogul brother. Police never revealed the nature of the threats; however, they did say that the Eric Trump white powder letter and the threatening letter sent to Maryanne Trump Barry may be related.
“There was no white powder sent to Trump Barry, although the threat included in her letter was similar to that given to Eric Trump.”
It has not yet been revealed if the letter received at Trump Towers also contained a threat letter like the ones received by Eric Trump and Maryanne Trump Barry.
Authorities say that Donald Trump was not in the building when the letter was received as he is currently on the presidential campaign trail in California. Trump has yet to respond to the incident and is instead focusing efforts on his scheduled events in California.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2016
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