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Trump Press Pool Driver Detained for Having Firearm

The driver of a van carrying journalists covering President Donald Trump was detained on Monday after Secret Service officials found a gun in his bag during a security sweep before the vehicle was to drive onto the president's Florida property.

"All Secret Service security measures worked", the agency said.

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.

Secret Service agents discovered the firearm during a routine screening before the driver entered the Mar-a-Lago resort near West Palm Beach, the Hill reported.

"The incident was investigated by the Secret Service and our partners at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) and resolved".

The Atlantic Ocean is seen adjacent to President Donald Trump's beach front Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida - also sometimes called his Winter White House - on January 11, 2018. A White House staffer drove the press van instead.

The White House replaced all the drivers shuttling the press around Mar-a-Lago after one of them was detained for having a gun in his luggage during a security screening.

Cars transporting state officials are however manned by either Secret Service or armed forces members.

The incident took place five days after a shooter in Parkland, Fla., killed 17 people at a high school.

According to pool reports, the driver said he forgot to leave his personal firearm inside his own vehicle before entering the van.

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.

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