June 18th, 2007
05:42 PM ET
7 years ago

White House Press corps evacuated

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Secret Service evacuated the temporary press center across the street from the White House on Monday after a dog got a "suspicious hit" on an Israeli vehicle entering the secured area around the White House, according to a Secret Service spokeswoman.

The Israeli vehicle was arriving ahead of Tuesday's meeting between President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The area was given the "all clear" about an hour and 40 minutes after the 2:50 p.m. incident.

Secret Service spokeswoman Kim Bruce told CNN the service evacuated the area, including Lafayette Park, Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and the press center at Jackson Square, "out of an abundance of caution," but the White House itself was not evacuated.

"The president's schedule has not been affected," she said.

The press is temporarily quartered at Jackson Square during renovations in the White House's West Wing.

Because of Olmert's visit, security in the area was already very high. The prime minister will be staying at Blair House, the president's official guest residence across the street from the West Wing and adjacent to Lafayette Park.

- CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and Ed Henry contributed to this report


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