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

WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent out of the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon.

He returned nine 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. “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 the U.S. Secret Service.

The suspect opened fired on a non-White House employee and a Uniformed Secret Service officer returned fire, a senior official told ABC News.

Law enforcement officials were still trying to determine the suspect’s motive.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, and the District of Columbia fire department said the man had a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Authorities were investigating whether the individual has a history of mental illness.

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?”

“It’s unfortunate that this is the world but the world has always been a dangerous place. It’s not something that’s unique,” he added.

Asked what the Secret Service agent told him when he was approached mid-sentence, Trump said, “Just told me when he came up, you pretty much saw it like I did. He said, ‘Sir, could you please come with me?’ So, you were surprised. I was surprised, also. I think it’s probably it’s pretty unusual but very, very professional people, they all do a fantastic job, as you know.”

Responding to a question from reporters, Trump said he does not think the suspect “breached anything.”

“It was on the outside grounds, so I don’t believe anything was breached. I asked that question. They were relatively far away,” Trump said.

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19 Comments

    1. Why don’t you go to Washington with your Louisville slugger and make him. The USSS will have you all mopped up in no time. You’re all talk no action just like your head schizo Alberto. Too chicken to meet with madmike. LMAO.

          1. Yeah I had to use the bat today. Its been awhile. Most people are wearing masks. Its rare to find someone who wants to intentionally endanger his fellow man. Anyway we now have a new mask wearer in El Paso.

      1. That isn’t the correct process. The Manhattan DA and the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York have one that will work just fine as soon as Biden is sworn in. They’re waiting patiently.

    2. Meanwhile black socialist demoKKKrats are pushing for biden to pick one of their baby mama for vice president. Why? Cause they can’t stand their bitching.

  1. All of you Trumpturds that are talking about Mark being too chicken to meet somewhere need to grow the hell up. And no more watching West Side Story, fruitcakes!!

      1. They are all Alberto the section 8 welfare queen loser and psycho. They all come out when he is outnumbered by the good guys or when he gets beat down in the discussions. Too easy to beat down markturner since he is such an idiot.

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