The US security agencies on Monday, October 1, intercepted a suspicious envelope addressed to President Donald Trump.
According to the authorities, two other letters addressed to senior security bosses were also intercepted at a mail screening facility.
In a statement, US Secret Service, however, indicated the envelope believed to be containing poisonous substance did not enter the White House.
“The Secret Service can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the president on Monday, October 1. The envelope was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House. As a matter of practice, the Secret Service does not comment regarding matters of Protective Intelligence.
“However, in this instance, we can confirm that we are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter. Further, all threats directed towards the president, or any Secret Service protectee, are treated seriously and fully investigated,” the statement read.
One of the envelopes was addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and was sent to the FBI for analysis.
The other envelope was addressed to Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson.
A statement by Houston Fire Department on Tuesday, October 2, however, indicated two people who came in to contact with the suspicious substance were hospitalised.
The building where the two were working in has since been quarantined as detectives further investigations in to the development.
The chemical substance is suspected to be ricin which if consumed, results in nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.
Meanwhile, previous reports confirmed President Trump to have said he would be willing to shut down government if the Democrats do not give their votes for the country’s border security.
Trump reportedly made the threat on his Twitter page on Sunday, July 29, in which he said the United States must get rid of lottery and have a system of immigration that is merit-based.
He tweeted: “I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!”
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