Trump says someone shot near White House
Aug. 10, 2020
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US President Donald Trump has said someone was shot near the White House, after abruptly leaving a news conference.
Mr 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.
Mr Trump was heard to say "Oh!" and "What's happening", as he left the briefing room.
When he returned shortly afterwards, the president told reporters he believed the US Secret Service had shot an armed suspect.
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 Secret Service.
"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."
He told journalists he was escorted to the Oval Office outside the briefing room during the incident, which reportedly unfolded outside the fence surrounding the White House.
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.
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