The New York Times reported on Sunday that U.S. Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump into the underground bunker as protesters surrounded the White House.
“Inside the White House, the mood was bristling with tension,” the Times reported. “Hundreds of protesters were gathering outside the gates, shouting curses at President Trump and in some cases throwing bricks and bottles. Nervous for his safety, Secret Service agents abruptly rushed the president to the underground bunker used in the past during terrorist attacks.”
“The scene on Friday night, described by a person with firsthand knowledge, added to the sense of unease at the White House as demonstrations spread after the brutal death of a black man in police custody under a white officer’s knee,” the Times reported.
Trump was reportedly “rattled” and spent the evening in the bunker with his family.
“While in the end officials said they were never really in danger, Mr. Trump and his family have been rattled by protests that turned violent two nights in a row near the Executive Mansion,” the newspaper added.
He “emerged on Saturday morning to boast that he never felt unsafe and vow to sic ‘vicious dogs’ and ‘ominous weapons’ on intruders. Melania Trump, anxious about the protests, opted at the last minute not to travel to Florida for the rocket launch on Saturday,” said the Times.
About 15 minutes after the New York Times published their report, Trump took to Twitter, writing in all-caps: “FAKE NEWS”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2020