Trump Motorcade Driver Fired After Secret Service Find Gun in His Bag

Motorcade driver detained for firearm outside Mar-a-Lago

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The gun was discovered in a bag belonging to the driver during a routine screening at the president's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump has been spending the long weekend.

The U.S. Secret Service confirmed later Monday morning that "an individual serving as a staff contracted driver was briefly detained" because he was "in lawful possession of a prohibited item (firearm) outside the secure area". The agency stated that "security measures worked" and that "at no time was any Secret Service protectee in danger or impacted".

According to a pool report, the "d$3 river said he forgot to leave the firearm inside his personal vehicle before entering van".

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited survivors and law enforcement officials on Friday before heading to Mar-a-Lago. All the drivers were barred from entering the club, leaving White House staffers to drive the vans. As is often the case, the White House procures local drivers for certain vehicles in the President's motorcade, while other cars - including Trump's - are driven by Secret Service or military personnel.

The van was one of three that carried the White House press corps, which trails the president and his entourage when they travel.

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Shortly after, a second press pool driver "grazed" a auto in the Mar-a-Lago parking lot, but the damage was minimal.

President Trump was at his Trump International Golf Club property in West Palm Beach on Monday.

The incident came as the White House said the President is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system for gun purchases, less than a week after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.

No one was hurt, the Hill reported, and there was only minor damage.

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