The Secret Service came into briefing room during White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s daily briefing and asked the press corps to evacuate.
Earnest and the White House press staff moved into lower press rooms. The press corps was moved outside the White House to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court auditorium.
President Obama was in the White House at the time of the phoned in threat and evacuation, but Earnest did not know which room Obama was in. The President was not moved from his location in the White House, nor was he sheltered in place.
Earnest did not know if any other members of the Obama family were in the White House at the time.
“At approximately 1:53 p.m. today, a telephonic bomb threat concerning the White House Briefing Room was called into the Metropolitan Police Department. As a precaution, the White House Press Briefing Room has been evacuated. This evacuation is limited to the White House Press Briefing Room and does not affect any other sections of the White House. Sweeps are ongoing at this time,” the Secret Service said in a statement.
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