Trump abruptly escorted out during press conference; a suspect shot outside the White House
President Trump’s press conference on Monday evening (August 10) was disrupted by a swift intervention by his security just minutes after it began. POTUS was talking about the stock market going up, when he was approached by the Secret Service agent. Within a few seconds Trump, the agents, other officials and White House aides left the briefing room.
Several minutes later the President was back to continue delivering his speech. When asked about the reasons for cutting the conference short, he said that there was a shooting outside; not on the White House premises, but close to the fence, which has been very well insulated as of recently.
I'd like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work; but there was an actual shooting and somebody's been taken to the hospital; I don't know the condition of the person. Seems that the person was... was shot by Secret Service. (…) It was the suspect who was shot.
- Trump said.
A reporter asked: “Where were you taken Mr. President? Were you taken to the bunker?”, to which Trump replied that he stayed next to the Oval Office for a few moments. He also added that "there was nobody else injured, no other law enforcement injured".
The full report of the incident isn’t out yet, but it seems that the suspect was armed. It is not clear what the shooter’s target was, but POTUS said:
It might not have had anything to do with me. It might have been something else.
Another journalist wanted to know if the president was "rattled at all by this", to which Trump replied,
Do I seem rattled?
The following question was about his personal safety in the White House. Trump assured:
I feel very safe with the Secret Service. They are fantastic people. They are the best of the best and they are highly trained.
The press conference:
White House Press