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Donald Trump escorted from a press conference after shots fired outside White House

Donald Trump escorted from a press conference after shots fired outside White House

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 11/08/2020
US President Donald Trump [Image: CNN]

US President Donald Trump has said someone was shot near the White House, after abruptly leaving a news conference this morning.

Trump told reporters the incident "seems very well under control".

He reappeared moments after a member of his security detail had walked on stage during his remarks to reporters and escorted him out.

BBC News reports Trump was heard to say "Oh!" and "What's happening", as he left the briefing room.

The president was interrupted mid-sentence by an agent whispering in his ear at the podium during Monday's incident.

When he returned about nine minutes later, the president told reporters he believed the US Secret Service had shot a suspect, who was armed "from what I understand".

He said that someone was taken to hospital after the incident. Trump acknowledged it was an unusual situation, but praised the professionalism of the Secret Service.

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

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