Agents with the Secret Service’s presidential protection unit have detained a driver of a vehicle in President Trump’s motorcade after they found a gun in his baggage.
Before the motorcade was allowed to depart, all drivers were replaced, according to a report from a journalist with the president in Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
Here’s an excerpt from the “pool report” by Jordan Fabian of The Hill. Pool reports are written by one member of the press and dispatched to all other journalists who cover the White House but were not on hand.
Press had an eventful morning before entering Mar-a-Lago:
Driver of one of the press pool vans was detained during security screening for what he said was a personal firearm found in his baggage. Driver said he forgot to leave the firearm inside his personal vehicle before entering van.
Screening took place off club grounds in parking lot across the street and roughly an hour before press vans joined up with presidential motorcade.
Driver was not allowed onto club property so a White House staffer drove the van instead. White House staff said all drivers were replaced after the incident. When press loaded back into vans, driver was being questioned by an officer.
When on club grounds, another van grazed a Secret Service vehicle in the parking lot. Damage to vehicles appeared to be very minor and no one was hurt.
The driver was not identified and it was unclear if he was arrested.