A driver included in President Trump’s extended motorcade sparked security concerns earlier Monday, kicking off a minor scare after law enforcement uncovered a concealed firearm in the individual’s personal baggage.
The gun was detected during a screening procedure outside President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago beach resort as the Commander-in-Chief’s motorcade was set to depart.
The Secret Service confirmed the individual was a “contracted driver”who “forgot” to remove his personal firearm before approaching the President’s premises.
“The gun was discovered during a routine security sweep, during which press and staff have their belongings inspected by law enforcement officers and dogs before entering Mar-a-Lago,” writes the Hill.
“The incident was investigated by the Secret Service and our partners at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and resolved,” said an official statement from the President’s security agency “At no time was any Secret Service protectee in danger or impacted. All Secret Service security measures worked.”
The unidentified individual was barred from entering the property, with a White House staffer driving the press pool van throughout the day.