Trump leaves White House briefing due to shooting

Secret Service agent escorts US president to Oval Office after opening fire on individual outside White House

A Secret Service agent escorts U.S. President Donald Trump from a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing after a shooting outside the White House in Washington, U.S., August 10, 2020.
Photograph: KEVIN LAMARQUE

A Secret Service agent escorts U.S. President Donald Trump from a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing after a shooting outside the White House in Washington, U.S., August 10, 2020.

A Secret Service agent escorts U.S. President Donald Trump from a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing after a shooting outside the White House in Washington, U.S., August 10, 2020.

US President Donald Trump was abruptly whisked away from an evening news conference Monday after the Secret Service opened fire on an individual outside the White House.

After returning to the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Trump said he was taken to the Oval Office, but the reason for the officer-involved shooting, which the Secret Service also confirmed, remains unclear.

Trump said the shooting took place “pretty close” to the White House, “outside of the premises, near the fence.”

“You were surprised. I was surprised also. I think it’s probably pretty unusual,” the president told reporters.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.