As the race for this year’s U.S. presidential election heats up, a suspicious letter containing white powder was reportedly sent to the office of Donald Trump in downtown Manhattan on Thursday night.
New York police said the suspicious letter was opened by an office intern who alerted authorities after seeing suspicious powder inside, CNN reported. After alerting the authorities, the local fire bureau has been dispatched to the area at around 8 p.m. local time.
Authorities, however, refused to give further information on the nature of the recovered powder as of writing. At least five individuals were put in isolation and will be observed for the coming days. But so far, none of the individuals showed signs of sickness or apparent injuries, the report added.
In 2001, some letters sent to the White House were contaminated with whitish powder commonly called anthrax, a deadly bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anthrax is one of the most common agents used in bioterrorism.
Trump was not in his office when the letter was opened, as he was doing an out-of-state campaign as he vies to get the party’s nomination. He was in California when the incident happened.
It can be recalled that it’s not the first time Trump was on the receiving end of a serious threat. In fact, it was previously reported by Morning News USA that an 18-year-old man from Connecticut threatened to bomb Trump’s campaign venue. While Republican presidential aspirant Trump, who was in Connecticut last Saturday to campaign his presidential bid to secure a party nomination, Sean Morkys, 18, tweeted a bomb threat online.
In a separate report, ahead of Trump’s campaign rally in Orange County, California, protesters stormed the rally venue. Trump’s supporters and protesters came face-to-face in the rally venue to air their opposing take on Trump’s candidacy, the LA Times reported.
Meanwhile, Trump’s contenders and fellow Republicans John Kasich and Ted Cruz are working double time for the remaining days to stop the Republican front runner from getting the party’s nomination. Both Cruz and Kasich are lagging behind in terms of the numbers of delegates needed to secure the nomination.
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