Vanessa Trump taken to hospital after white powder scare

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20:  (L-R) Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump stand as they listen to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speak during the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
From left, Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump stand during the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. –Win McNamee / Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.’s wife was taken to a New York City hospital on Monday as a precaution after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained an unidentified white powder, though police later said the substance wasn’t dangerous, authorities said.

The frightening episode happened after 10 a.m. when Trump, 40, opened the letter addressed to the president’s son at her mother’s midtown Manhattan apartment, investigators said. She called 911 and said she was coughing and felt nauseous, police said.

‘‘Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning,’’ Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. ‘‘Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.’’

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The New York Fire Department said it treated three patients who were then taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police said the envelope contained a letter but provided no other details.

Detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence division and Secret Service agents were investigating.

Secret Service Special Agent Jeffrey Adams said in a statement that agents were investigating ‘‘a suspicious package addressed to one of our protectees’’ in New York but said he couldn’t comment further.

Vanessa Trump, a former model, and Donald Trump Jr. have five children, none of whom were home at the time of the incident.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the president spoke by phone to Vanessa Trump about the incident.

Later, the Republican president’s daughter-in-law posted a tweet thanking New York’s police and fire departments, the FBI and the Secret Service for their help.

‘‘I appreciate all the quick response to make sure that I was safe! Thank you,’’ she wrote.

The Trump family has had to deal with a number of similar scares.

In March 2016, police detectives and FBI agents investigated a threatening letter sent to the Manhattan apartment of Donald Trump Jr.’s brother, Eric, that also contained a white powder that turned out to be harmless. Envelopes containing white powder were also sent to Trump Tower, which served as Trump’s campaign headquarters, twice in 2016.

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Hoax attacks using white powder play on fears that date to 2001, when letters containing deadly anthrax were mailed to news organizations and the offices of two U.S. senators. Those letters killed five people.

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This story has been corrected to show the envelope was sent to Vanessa Trump’s mother’s apartment, not hers.

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