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Trump exits briefing as man shot near White House

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US President Donald Trump has said someone was shot near the White House, after he was abruptly led out of a news conference by a Secret Service agent.

Mr Trump told reporters the incident was “very well under control”.

A member of his security detail had walked on stage during his remarks to reporters and whispered in his ear.

Mr Trump was heard to say “Oh!” and “What’s happening”, as he left the briefing room. The White House was placed on lockdown during the incident.

The president was interrupted mid-sentence by the agent at the podium during Monday’s incident.

When he returned about nine minutes later, Mr Trump told reporters he believed the US Secret Service (USSS) had shot a suspect, who was armed “from what I understand”.

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A Secret Service agent walked on stage and whispered into President Trump’s ear when the briefing was under way

He said that someone was taken to hospital after the incident.

Mr Trump acknowledged it was an unusual situation, but praised the professionalism of the USSS.

“It was a shooting outside of the White House,” the Republican president said. “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.”

The USSS meanwhile tweeted: “The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave.

It later added that “a male subject 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.”

Mr Trump told reporters he did not know if the suspect harboured any ill intentions towards him.

“It might not have had anything to do with me,” the president said.

A journalist asked Mr Trump if he was rattled by the incident.

“Do I seem rattled?” he replied.

The president added: “It’s unfortunate that this is the world, but the world’s always been a dangerous place. It’s not something that’s unique.

“The world has been, if you look back over the centuries, the world has been a dangerous place, very dangerous place, and it will continue, I guess, for a period of time.”

He told journalists he was escorted to the Oval Office outside the briefing room during the incident.

Also led out of the news conference were Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought. The doors were locked.

The District of Columbia fire department said a man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries, according to the Associated Press.

The news agency also reported that authorities were looking into whether the individual has a background of mental illness.





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