Trump abruptly taken out of briefing room as White House goes into lockdown following a shooting

Written by on August 10, 2020


President Donald Trump was abruptly taken out of the Brady Briefing Room on Monday throughout a every day session with reporters. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was abruptly faraway from the briefing room on Monday throughout a press convention with reporters because of a shooting about a block away from the White House.     

The president was in the course of his opening assertion when an aide who seemed to be a member of the Secret Service got here to his facet and escorted him off the rostrum. Trump returned to the room after a couple of moments and reported that there had been a capturing exterior the White Home. 

“It was legislation enforcement shot somebody, it appears to be the suspect. And the suspect is now on the best way to the hospital,” Trump mentioned. 

Secret Service shot the suspect exterior the fence, close to the White Home, he mentioned. Washington, D.C., officers mentioned that first responders took a person with a gunshot wound to an space hospital. The particular person was in severe, if not crucial, situation.

The U.S. Secret Service mentioned one among its officers was additionally transported to a hospital.

“You had been stunned, I was stunned additionally,” Trump mentioned.

Trump, who mentioned he was taken to the Oval Workplace in the course of the incident, mentioned he wasn’t conscious of the explanation for the capturing, which passed off on 17th Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. 

“It would not have had something to do with me,” Trump mentioned. “It may need been one thing else.” 

Extra: White House was locked down as protests over Floyd’s death reach capital

Requested if he was rattled by the expertise, Trump responded: “Do I appear rattled?”


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Lock downs on the White Home are comparatively frequent and might occur for close by shooters, breaches of the White Home perimeter and even baggage deserted close by. However it’s uncommon for lockdowns to happen when the president is on stage and very uncommon for the president to be eliminated by Secret Service in the course of remarks.  

The final high-profile lock down passed off in Might due to protesters exterior the White Home, demonstrating over the demise of George Floyd.

Reporters contained in the White Home indicated the constructing was on lock down shortly after the capturing. Trump professed little fear about his personal security. 

“The world has all the time been a harmful place,” Trump mentioned. “That is not one thing that is distinctive.”

The president returned to the briefing room minutes later and, after fielding a number of questions in regards to the capturing, returned to his ready remarks. 

“So I used to be telling you that the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 at the moment are 50% above the March stage,” he mentioned. 

“Spent twelve years within the Secret Service and I’ve by no means seen that earlier than,” tweeted Dan Bongino, a Republican commentator and former Secret Service agent. 

Contributing: Kevin Johnson, Kristine Phillips

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