He returned minutes later, saying there was a "shooting" outside the White House that was "under control". "It was the suspect that was shot".
"There was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital".
But when asked if the person had been armed, Trump answered: "From what I understand, the answer is yes".
Sorry for that. There was a shooting outside of the White House.
Of Biden's vow to choose a woman, Trump said, "Some people would say that men are insulted by that".
President Trump dismissed recent reports yesterday, insisting again that it is safe to open schools because children are much less affected by the virus.
As he was making his opening statement and talking about NASDAQ (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) and economy, a top secret service agent reached out to him and requested him to leave the briefing room.
Also led out of the news conference were Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought.
Trump later accused Democrats of "meddling" in the upcoming elections by encouraging mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"There was a shooting outside of the White House".
Following the incident, the White House was placed on lockdown.
Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent.
"It's unfortunate that this is the world, but the world's always been a risky place", he said. "They just wanted me to step aside for a little while" to make sure the situation was cleared.