Last Monday, US security agencies intercepted a suspicious envelope addressed to President Donald Trump. According to the authorities, two other letters addressed to senior security officials were also intercepted.
In a statement made public, the US secret service say that the envelope supposed to contain toxic substances had not entered the White House.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 2, 2018
“The secret services can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the president on Monday, October 1st. The envelope was not received at the White House and never entered the White House. In practice, the secret services make no comment with regard to protective intelligence. However, in this case, we can confirm that we are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to conduct a thorough investigation of this case. In addition, all threats directed against the president, or any recipient of secret services, are subject to serious and thorough investigation, “said the statement.
One of the letters to Defense Minister James Mattis was sent to the FBI for analysis. Admiral John Richardson was also one of the recipients.
The letters were suspected of containing ricin, a potent poison that causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding from the stomach and intestines, followed by liver, spleen and kidney failure. The result is a death by a collapse of the circulatory system.
A statement from the Houston Fire Department on Tuesday, October 2, however, indicated that two people who had been in contact with the suspect substance had been hospitalized. The building in which the two men worked has since been quarantined, investigations are still ongoing.
Two people were taken to the hospital after apparently being exposed to a white powdery substance in an office building at 3200 SW Fwy. The 9th floor of the Phoenix Tower has been evacuated as HFD HazMat is responding to the scene working to determine the nature of the substance.
— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) October 2, 2018