- President Donald Trump was suddenly pushed out of the White House conference room on Monday.
- Trump had only spoken for a few moments before a Secret Service agent said something to him and the president had left the room.
- It is not immediately clear why this happened, but Trump eventually returned to the conference room and said there would be a shooting outside the White House.
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President Donald Trump was abruptly rushed out of the White House information room by the Secret Service on Monday without explanation, causing immediate confusion.
Trump had only spoken for a few moments before being pushed out of the room.
The president returned to the conference room moments later and announced that there would be a shootout near the White House. Trump said law enforcement shot a “suspect”; and the person was taken to a hospital.
“There was a shot outside the White House. And it looks very well under control,” Trump said. The president said no law enforcement officer was injured in the incident.
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The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Insider. The Secret Service confirmed in a statement that a shooting involving officers had taken place between Route 17 and Pennsylvania Ave.
Trump said the Secret Service took him to the Oval Office, not the bunker, when he briefly left the conference room.
Asked by reporters if he felt threatened by the incident, Trump said he had maximum confidence in his security team.
“No I feel very safe with the secret service, they are fantastic people,” Trump said. “They are the best of the best.”
After touching on the shooting, Trump immediately turned to talking about the stock market and other issues.
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Other shots fired near the White House grounds have occurred in recent years. In 2016, a gunman was shot by the Secret Service after approaching a security checkpoint. The man was carrying a gun and refused to drop the gun after being instructed, the agency said at the time. President Barack Obama was away from golf and was not in the White House at the time, NBC News reported.
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