In the midst of his daily coronavirus press briefing, President Trump was abruptly interrupted by Secret Service agents abruptly and escorted out after an armed suspect was shot outside of The White House.
The president had just began his briefing when a Secret Service agent rushed in and whispered into Mr. Trump’s ear, asking him to evacuate the room the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. Other reporters in attendance were place on brief lockdown. Watch below:
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It didn’t take long for The president to return to the podium. Minutes later he confirmed that the shooter had been taken to hospital following a shooting outside of the large White House wall.
“It seems that the person was shot by the Secret Service so we’ll see what happens,” Trump said, calling the episode “unfortunate.”
“It was outside of the White House,” he continued. “It seems that the shooting was done by law enforcement at the suspect, it was the suspect who was shot,” he continued.
The President was not taken into the secure underground bunker but to an area near the Oval Office. “It was pretty unusual but they do a fantastic job, as you know,” he said, telling reporters he did not fear for his safety after the dramatic episode.
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The incident happened just outside of the White House grounds close to Lafayette Square, an official said.