“It’s the world, but the world’s always been a dangerous place, it’s not something that’s unique.”
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Monday evening, the Secret Service removed Trump from a press briefing and Trump returned to explain there was an alleged shooter in the vicinity (by the administration building adjacent to the White House) that was shot by the Secret Service.
Both the alleged shooter and a Secret Service officer were taken to the hospital, according to local reports.
Watch (also, Stacey has a great primer on the events here):
Late Monday night, the Secret Service released some details (though very few) about the incident. From NPR:
Later the Secret Service said a uniformed Secret Service officer had shot a 51-year-old man who said he had a gun and pointed an object at the officer, crouching in “a shooter’s stance.” The officer fired his weapon, striking the man in the torso.
The suspect and the officer were both taken to hospitals, but the Secret Service statement doesn’t specify why the officer was taken.
The incident took place at 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. near the White House complex.
The statement said the Secret Service Office of Professional Responsibility will review the officer’s actions, and Washington, D.C.’s police department was contacted to investigate.
Trump was asked if he was rattled to which he responded, “do I look rattled?”
REPORTER: “Are you rattled by this at all?”
TRUMP: “Do I seem rattled?” pic.twitter.com/oFDcinLKrU
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 10, 2020
Regardless of what you think of Trump or the events that transpired, many are looking at Trump’s response in the face of imminent danger as steel-spined a la Reagan:
Trump's "Do I seem rattled?" reminds me of Reagan's "Missed me"
Same badass energy.pic.twitter.com/g4oWSoj6LJ
— Woj Pawelczyk (@Woj_Pawelczyk) August 10, 2020
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