Daily US Times: President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated from the White House briefing room by a Secret Service agent on Monday after shots were fired outside the building.
He came back to the briefing room a few moments later and told reporters the incident was “very well under control”.
During his remarks to reporters, a member of his security detail had walked on stage and whispered in his ear.
The President was heard to say “Oh!” and “What’s happening”, as he left the briefing room. During the incident, the White House was placed on lockdown.
During Monday’s incident, the president was interrupted mid-sentence by the agent at the podium.
About nine minutes later, Mr Trump back to the briefing room podium and told reporters he believed the US Secret Service (USSS) had shot a suspect, who was armed “from what I understand”.
Mr Trump said that someone was taken to hospital after the incident.
He acknowledged it was an unusual situation, but praised the professionalism of the USSS.
“It was a shooting outside of the White House. It seems to be very well under control,” the Republican president said.
“But there was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don’t know the condition of the person.”
“The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave,” the USSS meanwhile tweeted.
The Secret Service later added that “a male subject a USSS officer were both transported to a local hospital.
“At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger.”
The President told reporters he did not know if the suspect had any ill intentions towards him.
He said: “It might not have had anything to do with me.”
Being asked if he was rattled by the incident, Mr Trump replied: “Do I seem rattled?”
“It’s unfortunate that this is the world, but the world’s always been a dangerous place. It’s not something that’s unique,” the president added.
“The world has been, if you look back over the centuries, the world has been a dangerous place, very dangerous place, and it will continue, I guess, for a period of time.”
He told reporters he was escorted to the Oval Office outside the briefing room during the incident.
Also led out of the news conference were Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The doors were locked.
The District of Columbia fire department said a man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries.