On Tuesday, just after noon local time, police responded to a report of an envelope containing a white powder that was delivered to the current office of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. The World Wildlife Fund Headquarters on 24th Street in the northwest corner of the nation’s capital has been home to a leased office for the former president since he left office last January.
D.C. Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Edward Smith told the local news station that the letter had been mailed from Hong Kong, with no return address. Soon after the report, in addition to police and EMS covering the incident, the Secret Service was on the scene to investigate as well.
Smith reported that the envelope contained what turned out later to be baby powder and that no evacuations were undertaken.
It is still not clear whether Obama was actually in the office at the time the letter was reported, but the family lives nearby in the Kalorama neighborhood, and it is likely that he was in one of the two locations when it occurred.
This is the second report of a package or letter containing a suspicious substance in just two days. On Monday, Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Vanessa, was taken to the hospital after opening a package to discover something similar inside, accompanied by a note that read “You’re an awful person and now you get what you deserve.” That envelope was addressed to her husband, Donald Trump, Jr.
It is unknown whether there is a link between the two packages, although political aims could not be seemingly less of a tying factor; this president has already wasted much of his tenure fruitlessly attempting to undo everything that his predecessor accomplished during his eight years in office. Anyone attacking the Trump family for political reasons is unlikely to have targeted the Obamas or even the former president himself for the same reason.
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