Donald Trump Jr's wife Vanessa taken to hospital after opening envelope with white powder

David Mercer, News Reporter

Donald Trump Jr's wife has been taken to hospital after opening an envelope containing white powder.

Vanessa Trump, the daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, opened the letter addressed to her husband at the couple's Manhattan apartment on Monday morning.

She called 911 and reported that she was coughing and felt nauseous, according to the New York Police Department.

In a post on Twitter, Mr Trump Jr branded the incident "incredibly scary", adding: "Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behaviour."

US media reported that Mrs Trump and two other people were decontaminated by firefighters at the scene and taken to a nearby hospital.

Specialist officers that deal with hazardous materials were sent to the apartment on East 54th Street, although a police spokesman said a preliminary test indicated the powder was not dangerous.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump had spoken to his daughter-in-law Vanessa following the incident.

She declined to comment further, saying it was an "ongoing and active" investigation.

Vanessa's sister-in-law Ivanka Trump tweeted: "Thinking of @MrsVanessaTrump & wishing I was by her side today.

"No one deserves to be frightened this way. There is no excuse."

Detectives and secret service agents are investigating.

Special agent Jeffrey Adams said: "The Secret Service and our law enforcement partners in New York City are investigating a suspicious package addressed to one of our protectees received today in New York, New York.

"This is an active investigation and we cannot comment any further."

President Trump's eldest son Donald Jr chose to give up secret service protection in September, before it was reactivated a week later.

He and his wife Vanessa have five children, none of whom were at home at the time of the incident.

In March 2016, detectives and FBI agents investigated a threatening letter sent to the Manhattan apartment of Donald Trump Jr's brother, Eric.

The letter also contained a white powder that turned out to be harmless.

Envelopes containing white powder were also sent to Trump Tower twice in 2016.

Mrs Trump previously worked as a fashion model in New York and is a former Miss USA contestant.

She and her husband married in November 2005 at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, in a ceremony officiated by Mr Trump Jr's aunt, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.