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Trump briefly leaves press briefing after shooting near the White House

Posted August 10, 2020 6:13 p.m. EDT

— President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated from the White House briefing room by security on Monday after shots were apparently fired outside the building.

Trump returned to the briefing room minutes later, confirming a shooting.

"There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I'd like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work," Trump said when he returned.

Trump had been midsentence during the first attempt at a briefing when security came into the room and asked him to leave the area.

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