U.S. Secret Service report: Incident at the White House prompts lockdown (Video)


As President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were returning to the White House from a Pentagon 9/11 observance ceremony on Monday morning, the U.S. Secret Service addressed an incident at the north side of the property.

After posting a 9/11 remembrance video to its Twitter account early Monday morning (see video below), the Secret Service responded to an incident on the grounds which resulted in a lock down.

The president and Mrs. Trump were scheduled to leave the Pentagon at 10:20 a.m. and arrive at the White House at 10:35 a.m., according to reports.

At 10:23 a.m., the U.S. Secret Service began posting messages to its Twitter account about an incident, which, according to witnesses on scene, revolved around items being thrown over the fence.

The Twitter messages read, as follows:

10:23 a.m. – “Uniformed Division responding to an incident at the north fence line, along Penn. Ave. Area is closed to pedestrian traffic.”

10:41 a.m. – “2 individuals in our custody after throwing unknown objects over @WhiteHouse north fence line. @DCPoliceDept and fire responding.”

10:42 a.m. – “Penn Ave. and Lafayette Park remain closed to pedestrians.”

11:26 a.m. – “Incident cleared, male subject arrested & taken to @DCPoliceDept. Items thrown were a sign and a notebook. Both were deemed nonhazardous.”

An NBC reporter, Peter Alexander, thought the items were a sign and a yoga mat, which created a “yoga mat” narrative in the media. He tweeted: ” NEW: Secret Service agent with TV pool says the White House lockdown was caused by someone who threw a sign and yoga mat over the fence,” then, “Secret Service agent with TV pool says the White House lock down was caused by someone who threw a sign and yoga mat over the fence.” 

Earlier Monday morning, the U.S. Secret Service had Tweeted a message regarding the anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. The tweet included a video montage of events, and read simply: “#NeverForget”

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