Breaking news on Friday afternoon reported that an attempt to break through security barriers with a vehicle forced Secret Service to respond by putting the White House under lockdown while President Trump hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
NBC News reports that:
‘The female driver of the white Chevrolet van with Tennessee plates was immediately apprehended around 3:30 p.m. at 17th St. NW and E St. NW, the agency reported on its Twitter feed. Her name was not immediately released, but a law enforcement official told NBC News that the woman has mental problems and was known to the Secret Service because she’s been around the White House before.’
Secret Service police posted on Twitter to update the story following the incident.
UPDATE: The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) February 23, 2018
NBC News updated the story following comments by Secret Service:
‘”No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident,” the Secret Service said. No shots were fired, they said.
‘President Donald Trump was hosting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the time and was never in any danger.’
Considering the heightened contention between American citizens and Donald Trump in recent days – a domestic violence abuser was kept in and defended by the White House, 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were gunned down by a teenager with an AR-15 and the president’s response was a scripted piece of empathy and a proposal to arm teachers, a CPAC speech earlier in the day saw another Trump meltdown of epic proportions with targets like John McCain and CNN – news of an actual attack on the White House was buried beneath other stories.
Twitter, however, responded in force, and the comments (as well as the guesses as to the identity of the driver) were as divided as the American electorate.
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