Shooting outside of White House, says Donald Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a US Secret Service agent from the White House briefing room after a shooting outside the White House.

Trump was only seconds into his regular coronavirus briefing on Monday afternoon (Tuesday AEST) when a Secret Service agent emerged and ushered him into another room.

The reporters in the room, unaware why the President had cut short the press conference were locked inside.

Trump reappeared a few minutes later and said that someone had been shot outside the White House by a secret service agent.

He said the person was armed and that they had been taken to a nearby hospital.

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