The United States Secret Service said Tuesday it intercepted a suspicious letter addressed to President Donald Trump. They say the letter never made it to the White House.
The agency released the following statement: “The Secret Service can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the President on Oct. 1, 2018. 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.”
Earlier in the day, envelopes suspected of containing ricin were delivered to the Pentagon, according to Defense Department officials. The letters were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and the chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson.
Also Tuesday, the Houston, Texas campaign offices of Senator Ted Cruz (R) were evacuated after a suspicious substance was opened there–two people were hospitalized.
It was not clear if these incidents are related. The FBI is investigating.