Trump whisked away out of press briefing as man shot outside White House perimeter

US president Donald Trump was escorted out of a press briefing after secret service agents shot and wounded a man who claimed to be armed outside the White House.

An agent walked to the stage as President Trump was reading his statement and led him away. The president returned minutes later to say the situation was under control.

A secret service agent  fired on the suspect who had run “aggressively” towards him outside the White House perimeter.

It said a 51-year-old man, who has not been identified, approached the officer, told him he had weapons and assumed a “shooter’s stance”, whereupon the officer shot him in the torso.

The Secret Service did not say whether the man was armed. It added that “both the officer and the suspect were then taken to hospital”, and that “at no time during this incident was the White House complex breached”.

After Mr Trump left the doors of the briefing room were locked with reporters inside. The president returned nine minutes later saying, “Law enforcement shot someone, it seems to be the suspect.”

“It might not have had anything to do with me,” the president said.

“It’s unfortunate that this is the world, but the world’s always been a dangerous place. It’s not something that’s unique,” Mr Trump added.