Oct 26, 2018

For the first time: Vanessa Trump details powder experience

Vanessa Trump at the White House earlier this year. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

For the first time, Vanessa Trump is detailing her experience when she opened an envelope full of powder intended for her husband Donald Trump Jr. 

  • Vanessa recounts she was "rushed to the hospital, evaluated and put on Cipro for the longest two weeks of my life ... while they worked to identify whether the white powder was deadly."

Why it matters: On a day in which President Trump has attacked the media and opined about the political consequences of what he called "this 'Bomb' stuff," other Trump family members are showing how they were personally affected by this kind of terrorism.


Vanessa Trump's full statement to Axios:

Let me start by applauding law enforcement for swiftly catching one of the alleged perpetrators behind these recent acts of terrorism. I hope that he and anyone else who had any involvement in these grotesque attacks are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
This is personal for me because I know firsthand what it is like to be targeted and terrorized by a coward with a vendetta. Back in February I opened an envelope intended for my husband Don, which covered my face, hands and clothing in white powder and left me terrified. 
I was rushed to the hospital, evaluated and put on Cipro for the longest two weeks of my life, and while they worked to identify whether the white powder was deadly, I spent the entire time thinking about the horrifying possibility that I would never see my 5 beautiful children again. 
It was a cowardly act against a mother. And even today, every time I open the mail, I feel the same fear in my heart as I did that day. These recent acts are the acts of a coward and nothing more than terrorism, pure and simple. No one, regardless of political party or ideology, should ever have to go through what I went through.

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