- President Donald Trump abruptly left the White House conference room on Monday.
- Trump had only spoken for a while before an Secret Service agent said something to him and the president was taken from the room.
- It was not clear why this happened immediately, but Trump eventually returned to the conference room and said there was a shooting outside the White House.
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President Donald Trump was unexpectedly thrown out of the White House meeting room by the Secret Service without explanation, immediately causing confusion.
Trump only spoke for a few minutes before being taken out of the room.
The President returned to the conference room a few minutes later and announced that there had been a shooting near the White House. Trump said law enforcement shot a “suspect”; and the person was being taken to hospital.
“There was a shooting outside the White House. And it looks like it’s being very well controlled,” Trump said. The President said no law enforcement was injured in the incident.
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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider. The Secret Service confirmed in a statement that an officer-related shooting occurred between 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Trump said the Secret Service took him to the Oval Office, not the bunker, when he was briefly removed from the conference room.
Asked by reporters if he felt threatened by the incident, Trump said he had absolute confidence in his security team.
“No, I feel very safe with the Secret Service, they are great people,” Trump said. “They are the best among the best.”
After touching the shooting, Trump quickly turned back to talk about the stock market and other issues.
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Other shootings near White House grounds have taken place in recent years. In 2016, an armed man was shot dead by the Secret Service after approaching a security checkpoint. The agency said at the time, the man held a handgun and refused to give up the weapon after being instructed. President Barack Obama was playing golf and was not present at the White House at the time, NBC News reported.
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