Secret Service agents rushed US President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, The Associated Press reported.
The President’s move to the bunker was first reported by The New York Times.
Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private matters and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The account was confirmed by an administration official who also on condition of anonymity.
Friday’s protests were triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was pinned at the neck by a white Minneapolis police officer.
“The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
The Secret Service said it does not discuss the means and methods of its protective operations.
The Republican who spoke to AP said Trump and his family have been shaken by the size and venom of the crowds.
Trump has told advisers he worries about his safety, while both privately and publicly praising the work of the Secret Service, the report said.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a citywide curfew starting at 11:00 p.m. and ending Monday at 6:00 a.m.
On Saturday, governors in several US states called in National Guard troops as the protests over police killings of black men intensified.