Driver removed from presidential motorcade after gun found in bag

February 19, 2018 - 11:55 am

(PALM BEACH, Fla.) --  A driver of one of the press vans in the presidential motorcade was found Monday to be carrying a personal handgun.

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.

According to a reporter who witnessed the incident, the driver said he had forgotten to leave the firearm in his personal car.

The driver was detained for questioning by the Secret Service and was not allowed to enter the president’s property. The other van drivers were also removed from the motorcade and White House staffers drove the vans instead.

One of the press vans, driven by a staffer, subsequently got into a fender bender with a government SUV in the parking lot of the president’s club.

Secret Service has yet to respond to an ABC News' request for comment on the incident.

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