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Trump escorted from news briefing by Secret Service after shooting outside White House

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Donald Trump has been escorted out of a press briefing by a Secret Service agent after a shooting outside the White House.

The US president was just minutes into a statement to the media when he was rushed out of the room.

He was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent and the White House was placed on lockdown.

Mr Trump heads of the room after being approached by the Secret Service agent
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Mr Trump heads out of the room

He later returned and announced there had been a shooting outside the White House grounds and that the suspect had been shot by officers.

“It seems to be very well under control… But there was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don’t know the condition of the person.”

Mr Trump praised the work of Secret Service personnel for keeping him safe.

Asked if he was shaken by the incident, the president asked reporters: “I don’t know. Do I seem rattled?”

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The Secret Service later said in a tweet: “The investigation into a USSS officer involved shooting is ongoing.

“A male subject and a USSS officer were both transported to a local hospital. At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger.”

 

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