Shortly after President Trump took the podium for a press conference on Monday, Aug.10, he was abruptly escorted from the White House briefing room. He was interrupted by an apparent Secret Service agent, informing him of the incident.

“Excuse me?” asked the president before leaving the podium.

He returned minutes later, and informed reporters, “There was a shooting outside of the White House.”

The president gave sketchy details of the incident, saying it “seems” Secret Service had shot and wounded an armed man, who had been transported to the hospital, reports Fox News.

The Secret Service later tweeted, “The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer-involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Law enforcement officials are on the scene. More information to follow.”

The president said the shooting had occurred outside the White House perimeter, near the fence, adding that details would be released aa they become available. The president informed reporters he hadn’t been escorted to a bunker but instead had been ushered into the Oval Office.

“It seems that the shooting was done by law enforcement,” he said.
“Are you rattled by this at all, Mr. President?” asked one reporter, to which the president replied, “Do I seem rattled?”

Fox News reporter John Roberts reported hearing gunshots outside just after the press conference had started.
The Secret Service later tweeted: “The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer-involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Law enforcement officials are on the scene. More information to follow.”

The president himself praised the Secret Service, telling reporters, “I have such confidence in these people,” adding, “They’re so good.”

Several White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, expressed their thanks to the Secret Service.