Highlights

Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged

The United States President, Donald Trump was guided by Secret Service agents to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades.

Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private matters and spoke on condition of anonymity. The account was confirmed by an administration official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

The abrupt decision by the agents underscored the rattled mood inside the White House, where the chants from protesters in Lafayette Park could be heard all weekend and Secret Service agents and law enforcement officers struggled to contain the crowds.

Friday’s protests were triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was pinned at the neck by a white Minneapolis police officer. The demonstrations in Washington turned violent and appeared to catch officers by surprise. They sparked one of the highest alerts on the White House complex since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 .

The president and his family have been shaken by the size and venom of the crowds, according to the Republican. It was not immediately clear if first lady Melania Trump and the couple’s 14-year-old son, Barron, joined the president in the bunker. Secret Service protocol would have called for all those under the agency’s protection to be in the underground shelter.

Trump has told advisers he worries about his safety, while both privately and publicly praising the work of the Secret Service.

Trump traveled to Florida on Saturday to view the first manned space launch from the U.S. in nearly a decade. He returned to a White House under virtual siege, with protesters — some violent — gathered just a few hundred yards away through much of the night.

Demonstrators returned Sunday afternoon, facing off against police at Lafayette Park into the evening.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related posts
Highlights

News Today; Suspected Herdsmen Challenge Ondo Government, Navy Arrest 17, Destroy 15 Militant Training Camps

Suspected Herdsmen Challenge Ondo Government, Kill 2 In Village Ambush, Burn Amotekun…
Read more
Highlights

News Today; Ebola Virus Makes Deadly Return, Taraba Chapter NLC Chairman Abducted

Ebola Virus Makes Deadly Return As It Kills One Victim In Congo Ebola Virus Claims Latest Victim…
Read more
Highlights

News Today; Controversial IPOB Leader Orders ESN Cease Fire And Calls Men To Return To The Forests, One Dead 200 Injured In Violent Anti-Government Protest In Lebanese City Of Tripoli

Controversial IPOB Leader Orders ESN Cease Fire And Calls Men To Return To The Forests In a…
Read more
Newsletter
Get News first!

Sign up for Horus Blog's Daily Digest and get the best of Horus Blog, tailored for you.