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Secret Service evacuates White House press briefing room due to 'telephonic bomb threat'

By Gary Fennelly

A White House press briefing was interrupted on Tuesday after Secret Service officials evacuated administration staff and reporters due to a 'telephonic bomb threat'.

"We'll come back," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said as journalists filed out the door.

Reporters were moved to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Security personnel and dogs from the Secret Service K-9 unit could be seen checking the room.

Earnest was discussing cybersecurity when a Secret Service officer interrupted saying: "All press come with me please!"

A Secret Service statement said: "At approximately 1:53pm today a telephonic bomb threat concerning the White House Briefing Room was called into the Metropolitan Police Department.

"As a precaution, the White House Press Briefing Room has been evacuated. This evacuation is limited to the the briefing room and does not affect other sections of the White House. Sweeps are ongoing at this time."

White House press corps returned to the building's briefing room after getting the all-clear.

Earlier, two US Senate office buildings were evacuated after reports of suspicious packages.

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