(National Sentinel) Relieved: Every single driver in President Donald J. Trump’s official motorcade was replaced after authorities found one of them with a gun in his baggage.
The White House noted that authorities detained the driver and replaced all drivers before the motorcade was allowed to depart Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-A-Lago.
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 has not been identified by the administration and it wasn’t clear if an arrest was made.
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