Sep 22, 2020 - Politics & Policy

White House ricin package suspect allegedly urged Trump to "give up"

 President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office and walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on September 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.
President Trump exits the Oval Office at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A Canadian woman allegedly mailed a letter addressed to President Trump containing the poison ricin and the threat "give up and remove your application for this election," court papers filed Tuesday show.

Driving the news: Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 53, was arrested trying to enter New York from Canada on Sunday. She appeared briefly in a Buffalo, New York, courtroom where a judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf to the charge of threatening the president, per CBC.

"If it doesn't work, I'll find better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I'll be able to come. "
ā€” Excerpt from letter Ferrier is accused of writing

Of note: Per an affidavit, the FBI alleges that Ferrier's fingerprints were on the poisoned letter and that she called it "a special gift."

  • "I found a new name for you: 'The Ugly Tyrant Clown'," the computer programmer from Quebec allegedly wrote, per FBI charging documents.
"I hope you like it. You ruin USA and lead them to disaster. I have U.S. cousins, then I don't want the next 4 years with you as president. Give up and remove your application for this election."

What's next: France-born Ferrier, who was returned to the custody of U.S. Marshals, is scheduled to next face court on Sept. 28.

Read the affidavit via DocumentCloud:

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