A suspicious piece of mail containing white powder was sent to Eric Trump’s New York City apartment Thursday, a Trump Organization source told ABC News.
A preliminary field test indicated the substance did not appear hazardous, according to the source, who was briefed on the matter.
The New York Police Department confirmed to ABC News it responded to a call at Trump Parc East, a high-end residential building on Central Park South, but the department did not identify the recipient of the letter as Donald Trump‘s 32-year-old son, who has an apartment in the building. (The Trump Organization source, however, confirmed the letter was indeed sent to the real estate mogul’s son’s apartment.)
The NYPD said, “At approximately 7:15 p.m., the NYPD responded to a residential building at 100 Central Park South to investigate a report of a suspicious letter received by a tenant. The letter has been removed and is being examined by law enforcement authorities. No injuries have been reported in connection with this incident.”
The letter carried a Massachusetts postmark. When Lara Trump, Eric’s wife, opened the letter, white powder fell out, according to the source briefed on the matter.
The handwritten note said: “If you father does not drop out of the race, the next envelope won’t be a fake.” It was signed “X”.
A source briefed on the investigation told ABC News that U.S. Secret Service protection only extends to Donald Trump at the moment.
“Protection is for him alone at this point,” the source said.
There were briefings given to the entire Trump family which included a review of how to properly handle mail, according to the source.
Protocol demands that Trump security personnel call local police, which in this case was the NYPD, with any emergency. In this particular situation, the NYPD immediately notified U.S. Secret Service and both groups are still investigating the letter.
Out of an abundance of caution, the NYPD checked other known Trump locations, including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York is leading the investigation into the letter, and is working with the Secret Service, the Postal Inspector and the NYPD.
John Cohen, a former Homeland Security undersecretary and current ABC News consultant, said the visibility of the New York businessman’s children on the campaign trail likely turned them into targets.
“The Trump campaign has been very visible, has been described by a number of people as being divisive, and just as we have seen strong actions by his supporters, law enforcement would expect strong reactions from his detractors,” Cohen said.
“Unfortunately, in the time we’re living in, that could also mean the potential for acts of violence against the candidate and those associated with the candidate,” he said.
Cohen does not believe there is a direct link between the letter and the hacking of some of Trump’s files by the hacktivist group Anonymous, noting that the sender and the group may have similar motivations but it’s “unlikely that they worked together.”
ed note–First off, Trump is not ‘anti-Muslim’. Like a captain adjusting the sails on his ship to catch the wind in order to move him from point A to point B, Trump is merely harnessing what is already there. The Jews created this monster of anti-Islamic hysteria which they have used in fueling their wars, and Trump hijacked it for his own purposes, which is one of the reasons they are so furious with him, as he plans to use this in order to end the wars in the Middle East.
Cruz on the other hand is another matter. He is using this hysteria to bring himself to the White House so that he can continue and expand these wars for I$rael’s benefit.
Now, let’s see if the JMSM runs Cruz through the wringer on this issue as they did with Trump.