Monday, 20 November, 2017

White House placed on lockdown over suspicious package

The White House GETTY SCARE The White House was put on lockdown
Kenny Thornton | 22 August, 2017, 22:14

The United States Secret Service has placed the White House on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon (local time).

President Trump is not now in Washington DC, as he's traveling to Arizona for a rally later tonight.

Press crews on the White House North Lawn were directed to go inside the James S. Brady briefing room, according to the Washington Examiner.

A Secret Service spokesman said no further information was available.

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russian, Chinese entities for supporting N Korea
The latest steps stopped short of targeting Chinese financial institutions dealing with North Korea, a step that would have greatly angered Beijing.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. ET - NBC's Peter Alexander reports that the media has received the all clear at the White House.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police said no hazards were found, but a man was arrested and charged with unlawful entry; the steps are off-limits to the public.

Pedestrian traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 15th and 17th streets near Lafayette Square was restricted while the bag was investigated. He is traveling to Arizona for a scheduled campaign rally.

This is a developing story, more details are awaited.

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