White House placed on lockdown over unattended package

The White House was placed on lockdown on Tuesday due to an unattended package as President Trump traveled to Arizona for a rally.

Secret Service cleared the White House’s North Lawn around 1:15 p.m. and sent journalists and construction workers on the grounds into the West Wing.

Lafayette Square, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, was also closed to pedestrians.

 

The Secret Service said it was investigating an unattended package near the north fence.

 

“Secret Service and [Metropolitan Police Department] personnel are responding to an unattended package along the North Fence line,” an agency spokesperson said.

 

Trump was not at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. He was en route to Arizona for a tour of a Border Patrol facility and campaign-style rally. 

 

Lockdowns at the White House have become a somewhat common occurrence in recent months due to an uptick in suspicious packages and fence-jumping attempts. 

 

Updated: 1:46 p.m.

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