Reported shooting near White House temporarily halts president’s news briefing

Reported shooting near White House temporarily halts president’s news briefing

WASHINGTON — President trump’s news briefing Monday afternoon was interrupted several minutes by a shooting involving police near the White House, the president said he was told.

The White House placed on lockdown briefly because of the incident, halted the news conference about 20 minutes.

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He was discussing economic developments when a male, believed to be a Secret Service agent, stepped up to the president and ushered him away.

The president he's not sure if it had anything to do with him, he said.

"Do I seem rattled?" he asked when a reporter asked him if the incident rattled him.

"I feel very safe with the Secret Service. They are highly trained. They are the best of the best, he said.

Said he never thought about not returning to continue the news briefing.

The shooting occurred outside the premises but pretty near the White House fence, he said.

The Secret Service would have a full report later Monday night, he said.