Driver in Trump motorcade detained after gun found

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Driver in Trump motorcade detained after gun found

A White House press van driver was detained outside President Trump's Florida resort Monday morning after a gun was found in his bag, according to reports.

President Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn about gun legislation on Friday, two days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people, and supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, the White House said on Monday.

The incident occurred off club grounds in a parking lot across the street and roughly an hour before press vans joined up with presidential motorcade, which later headed to the Trump's nearby private golf course.

The driver, who's a contractor and not a White House employee, said he neglected to leave his personal weapon inside his vehicle before driving the van.

According to Fox News, the driver told the Secret Service that the firearm was left in the personal vehicle prior to the assignment and forgot to remove it.

The driver, who was detained, didn't make it onto Mar-a-Lago's grounds, where President Trump is spending the holiday weekend.


The Secret Service said in a statement Monday that the man lawfully possessed a gun that was prohibited in its jurisdiction. "All Secret Service security measures worked".

The Secret Service statement didn't name the driver directly, but said that "At no time was any Secret Service protectee in danger or impacted".

The driver with the firearm was not allowed onto the resort property, and all three press corps drivers were replaced by White House staffers.

One of the press vans, driven by a staffer, subsequently got into a fender bender with a government SUV in the parking lot of the president's club. "Damage to vehicles appeared to be very minor and no one was hurt".

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