Trump taken to underground bunker as protests grew outside White House

Trump taken to underground bunker as protests grew outside White House

access_time2020-06-01 12:00:06


President Donald Trump was briefly moved to the White House's underground bunker Friday night to shelter in place for a brief period of time as the protest grew outside the Executive Mansion, according to multiple outlets. 

 The protests over George Floyd's death hit the nation's capital Friday night as angry protesters arrived at Pennsylvania Avenue, leading to a lockdown at the White House.

Outside the White House on Friday, Secret Service could be seen after 7 p.m. taking at least one person into custody. Videos showed a large group of protesters gathering, with some burning flags and knocking over barricades. There were also some violent encounters.


The New York Times first reported Trump was taken to the presidential bunker. According to CNN, the president remained there about an hour before returning to the residence, and it is currently unknown whether the First Lady and their son, Barron, were with him. 

Officials told The Times that they never believed Trump was in danger, but took the precaution of moving him to the bunker as tensions escalated. The newspaper also reported Trump and his family were very shaken by the protests.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in Minneapolis police custody this week after a white officer pinned him to the ground under his knee. His death has sparked demonstrations against police brutality and racial discrimination in cities across the United States. 


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