Donald Trump escorted from briefing room after person shot outside White House - ABC News

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Summary generated on August 10, 2020

    US President Donald Trump says a person has been shot outside the White House, forcing a Secret Service agent to escort him from the press briefing room.

    Mr Trump said an "Armed" person was shot outside the White House.

    Mr Trump was in the middle of a press briefing and was rushed from the room by Secret Service.

    Mr Trump said he understood the person who was shot was armed and was taken to hospital.

    "It was a shooting outside of the White House," Mr Trump said.

    Mr Trump was a few minutes into a scheduled press briefing when a member of the Secret Service walked on stage and cut him off mid-sentence.

    The shooting took place near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation who were not authorised to speak publicly about it, according to the Associated Press.

    Mr Trump later resumed the press conference and praised the work of Secret Service personnel for their work in keeping him safe.

    Reporters asked Mr Trump if he was shaken by the incident.

    "I don't know. Do I seem rattled?" Mr Trump said.