The Secret Service arrested a lone individual who attempted to block a Chinese motorcade outside the White House on Wednesday.
The person attempted to get in the way of oncoming traffic and was taken into custody after assaulting at least one Secret Service officer, who was injured.
Individual arrested outside WH
A Chinese motorcade was leaving the White House around 1 p.m. when an individual protester crossed over police barricades into a “temporarily secured area” at the corner of 17th and F Streets NW in Washington and tried to obstruct traffic.
The motorcade was just a few blocks from the White House.
The suspect assaulted a police officer, who was taken to the hospital with a serious but not life-threatening leg injury.
The suspect was then taken into custody and brought to the Metropolitan Police Department for booking for “crossing a police line and assault on a police officer,” according to NBC.
Photos of the street shared to Twitter showed Washington streets blocked by first responders. NBC further reported that there were protesters in the area at the time.
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Protests over trade talks
It’s not clear what the aim of the protester was, but the Chinese motorcade was transporting a delegation that met with White House officials to discuss trade. The U.S. and Chinese governments are attempting to strike a deal before March 1 amid ongoing trade negotiations between the two powers.
The talks, which were led by Vice Premier Liu He, continued into Thursday. Trump departed Thursday saying there had been “tremendous progress.”
Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods if an agreement is not reached by March, but he said he was confident that he could soon reach “the biggest deal ever made” with President Xi Jinping of China and that an extended deadline wouldn’t be necessary.
A U.S. trade delegation will head to Beijing in February.
It wasn’t the first incident of protesters interfering with U.S.-China trade talks. Protesters from Shanghai scuffled with security as the delegation made its way to the White House on Wednesday.