President Donald Trump was evacuated from a press meeting by security after shots were heard outside the White House.
For a brief moment, President Trump left the briefing due to shooting outside the White House. When the president returned to the meeting room, he confirmed a shooting outside the building.
“There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I’d like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work,” Trump said when he returned.
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After he returned to the podium, US Secret Service tweeted: “The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer-involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Law enforcement officials are on the scene.”
When Trump returned to the briefing room, he said he has been taken to the Oval Office when he was evacuated.
“I feel very safe with the Secret Service. They’re fantastic people. They’re the best of the best. They’re highly trained,” Trump told reporters when he returned. “They just wanted me to step aside for a little while just to make sure that everything was clear outside.”
Trump said he had asked whether White House facilities were breached.