Washington, Aug 11: President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a US Secret Service agent out of the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon. He returned minutes later, saying there was a “shooting” outside the White House that was “under control.”
“There was an actual shooting and somebody's been taken to the hospital,” Trump said. The president said the shots were fired by law enforcement, saying he believed the individual who was shot was armed. US President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Banning Transactions With TikTok Parent ByteDance After 45 Days.
US President Donald Trump Abruptly Escorted From Briefing After Shooting Near White House, Watch Video
#WATCH US: Secret Service agents escorted President Donald Trump out of White House briefing room shortly after the start of a news conference.
After returning to the news conference, President Trump informed reporters that there was a shooting outside the White House. pic.twitter.com/msZou6buGP
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“It was the suspect who was shot,” Trump said. Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent. The White House was placed on lockdown following the incident. The shooting took place near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about it. Law enforcement officials were still trying to determine the suspect's motive.
The suspect was transferred to a local hospital, but their condition was not immediately known. Trump praised the work of Secret Service personnel for their work in keeping him safe. Asked if he was shaken by the incident, Trump asked reporters: “I don't know. Do I seem rattled?”
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