Trump rushed off stage at cam­paign rally

> Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials ‘re­ceived re­port of gun in the crowd’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Don­ald Trump was rushed off the stage by Se­cret Ser­vice agents at a Ne­vada rally af­ter a man close to the podium shouted: “Gun!”

The politi­cian was ad­dress­ing a rally in Reno, Ne­vada when armed se­cu­rity of­fi­cials took to the stage and quickly es­corted him off.

There were signs of a strug­gle in the crowd, close to the podium where Trump was stand­ing.

The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee re­turned to the stage sev­eral min­utes later to loud cheers from sup­port­ers.

He told the crowd: “No­body said it was go­ing to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped – never ever be stopped.

“I want to thank the Se­cret Ser­vice. They don’t get enough credit. They’re amaz­ing peo­ple.” Trump then con­tin­ued his speech. He re­turned to the topic of Oba­macare as well as mil­i­tary per­son­nel and vet­er­ans.

Re­fer­ring to the in­ci­dent, he told the crowd: “You see those medal of hon­our re­cip­i­ents? When they saw that scene over there, they would have brushed off the Se­cret Ser­vice and they would have jumped in there.” He then ges­tic­u­lated a fist fight. A CNN jour­nal­ist said a law en­force­ment source re­layed they had re­ceived a re­port that a gun was in the crowd and a sus­pect is now in cus­tody.

Eye wit­nesses re­ported see­ing an in­di­vid­ual es­corted out of the venue by agents.

Armed po­lice in mil­i­tary at­tire flooded the venue soon af­ter.

In a state­ment is­sued by Trump’s cam­paign team, he said: “I would like to thank the Se­cret Ser­vice and the law en­force­ment re­sources in Reno and the state of Ne­vada for their fast and pro­fes­sional re­sponse.”

Trump’s son and a top cam­paign aide later helped the spread of a ru­mour that the in­ci­dent was an “as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt”.

Don Trump and Dan Scavino, who runs Don­ald Trump’s so­cial me­dia op­er­a­tion, re-tweeted a mes­sage that read: “Hil­lary ran away from rain to­day. Trump is back on stage min­utes af­ter as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt.”

And at Trump’s next rally in Den­ver, Colorado, a pas­tor in­tro­duced as Fa­ther An­dre Y-Se­bas­tian Ma­hanna, also falsely called the Reno in­ci­dent “an at­tempt of mur­der against Trump”.

Ma­hanna blamed the in­ci­dent on the me­dia for in­cit­ing hate against the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee.

In a state­ment, the Se­cret Ser­vice said a per­son in front of the stage had shouted “Gun!” but no weapon was found af­ter a search.

The per­son was ap­pre­hended and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was tak­ing place, it added. – The In­de­pen­dent

Trump is hus­tled off the stage by se­cu­rity agents in Reno yes­ter­day

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