Trump Press Pool Driver Detained for Having Firearm

Marsha Scott
February 20, 2018

The gun was detected during a screening procedure outside President Trump's Mar-a-Lago beach resort as the Commander-in-Chief's motorcade was set to depart.

"All Secret Service security measures worked", the agency said.

The security screening took place in a parking lot across the street from the Mar-a-Lago resort, about an hour before press vans were to joined up with the presidential motorcade.

The driver was detained briefly while the Secret Service and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office investigated the incident.

"At no time was any Secret Service protectee in danger or impacted", the Secret Service said in a statement.

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The gun, which the driver said he forgot to take out and leave in his personal vehicle, was found during a routine sweep of bags belonging to press and staff before entering the grounds of President Donald Trump's Florida getaway, The Hill reported. Drivers of the vans are sometimes volunteers and are sometimes hired for the job.

The driver had been driving one of the press vans each day of the president's trip to South Florida.

The incident was part of an eventful morning for the White House press corps.

The driver had been tasked with piloting a van carrying reporters and photographers in the press pool. A White House statement said the two "discussed a wide variety of topics, including securing our nation's borders through immigration reform, the continued benefits the American people are experiencing as a result of tax reform, the overwhelming need to improve our Nation's infrastructure, and the recent tragedy in Parkland, Fla". Apparently, they're not as good at it as hired help, as one of the vans was later involved in a minor crash.

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