The President was there for at least an hour before being taken upstairs. It’s not clear if first lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump got her either.
Trump has repeatedly praised the Secret Service for its handling of protests outside the White House Friday night over the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis.
The decision to physically move the President came as protesters confronted Secret Service officials outside the White House for hours Friday – shouting, throwing bottles of water and other things in line officers, and trying to break through the metal barriers.
At times, most would remove the metal barriers and begin pushing against the officers and their shields in the chaos. The Secret Service continued to override the barriers throughout the night as protesters drove them away.
Protesters have pushed enough times that officials should walk away from what appears to be minor injuries. At one point, agents responded to aggressive pushing and shouting by using pepper spray on protesters.
Throughout the night, protesters could hear their support for Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week after being pinned by a white police officer, and their dislike for Trump. The protest, which began around 10 p.m. ET, Friday night outside the White House, mostly quiet at 3:30 a.m. AND, Saturday morning.
The crowd was buzzing and Secret Service officials were able to extend their perimeter and barrier around Lafayette Park opposite the White House.
Six arrests were made during the protests, the Secret Service confirmed in a statement Saturday afternoon.
The President on Thursday used the threat of police vengeance and military intervention in Minnesota where protests turned violent and destructive – saying on Twitter that “when the attack begins, the shooting begins.”
Trump’s tweets on Saturday also prompted an image tied to brutal police tactics during the civil rights era.
Today, a serious divide among the President’s top allies and advisers emerged as to how the President should address several nights of protests and riots.
Trump has urged some advisers to formally address the country and call for calm, while others have said he should condemn the uprising and robbery of a stronger or more dangerous disappearance among voters in mid-November , according to some sources familiar with the deliberations.
This story has been updated with further developments.
Kevin Liptak CN Liptak, Noah Broder and Brian Todd contributed to this report.