Trump abruptly pulled from briefing after shooting outside White House

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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 03: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on August 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. With enhanced federal unemployment benefits now expired, Trump administration officials and Democratic Congressional leaders continue to negotiate on an extension of the unemployment benefits and an additional coronavirus economic stabilization and relief package.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) via CNN.

President Trump was abruptly removed from a White House press briefing Monday after Secret Service shot a suspect outside the White House. Mr. Trump, who returned several minutes later, said agents fired shots at the suspect, who was taken to a hospital.

Mr. Trump said the shooting occurred outside the fencing and that he was taken to the Oval Office. “It might not have had anything to do with me, it might have been something else,” he said, adding that further information would have to come from the Secret Service.

The shooting took place on 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the Secret Service said on Twitter. “Law enforcement officials are on the scene. More information to follow,” the tweet said.

WATCH the president’s press conference here:

Around the White House, law enforcement agents scrambled as it happened, according to CBS News journalists on the ground.

The briefing was scheduled to address signing executive measures aimed at addressing the economic fallout from coronavirus but that may face challenges in court.

The president on Sunday signed the measures he claimed would halt evictions and expand unemployment benefits, among other things, but there are some hiccups. The executive action designed to halt evictions does nothing to specifically stop evictions. And the expanded unemployment benefits, an extra $400 per week, would only go into effect if states kick in $100. The president’s effort to defer payroll taxes, which would only put off when those taxes are owed rather than cancel them, has not received a warm reception even from his own party.

Before he took office, Mr. Trump bashed former President Obama for employing executive action to accomplish his agenda while he was president.

“Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?” Mr. Trump tweeted in July 2012.

Mr. Trump insists he doesn’t need Congress to appropriate these dollars, although not all in his own party agree. The president lashed out at Republican Senator Ben Sasse for calling his executive actions “unconstitutional slop.”

“RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he’s got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again. This foolishness plays right into the hands of the Radical Left Dems!” Mr. Trump tweeted Monday morning.

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