Part of the White House and Capitol Hill were closed on Tuesday amid security threat, it has been announced by the authorities. The briefing room where White House Secretary Josh Earnest was giving a daily briefing had to be evacuated. In addition, security officers also ordered the evacuation of the North Lawn. The DC Metropolitan Department of Police received a bomb threat to the White House around 2 p.m. The threat said that the briefing room was going to be the target.
U.S. Capitol Police also received a bomb threat just hours before the evacuation of the White House took place. Cameras in the briefing room were covered up by security officials so that the agency practices regarding bomb threat investigations remain protected. A link between the Capitol Hill bomb threat and the White House bomb threat was not revealed by officials.
Sources said that President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office at the time, but was not moved. His family was in the residence, but they were not evacuated either.
The briefing resumed and Earnest said that he had confidence “in the professionalism of the men and women of the secret service to make judgments about what's necessary to keep all of us safe." The evacuation took about a half an hour to finish. All reporters were allowed back to the briefing room.
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