An unattended package near the north fence of the White House was cleared by the Secret Service and Metropolitan Police Tuesday afternoon.
The White House was placed on an apparent lockdown Tuesday while President Trump was en route to Arizona for a rally in Phoenix, according to multiple reports.
The Hill reported that Secret Service cleared the White House’s North Lawn and sent media members and construction workers in the area into the West Wing.
The Secret Service confirmed via Twitter that it and the Washington, D.C. Police Department were responding to an unattended package near the north fence of the White House complex.
Pedestrian traffic along Penn Ave between 15th & 17th and the area of LaFayette Park is restricted due to law enforcement activity.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) August 22, 2017
Trump is reportedly heading to a campaign-style rally in Phoenix late Tuesday, an event which is also expected to draw major protests.
The president will also reportedly visit a Border Patrol facility in Yuma, Arizona before Tuesday’s rally.
Trump will examine Border Patrol equipment such as a Predator drone and an agency boat during his stop in Yuma.
Immigration is a major issue for Trump’s supporters, and the president campaigned extensively on the topic during last year’s White House race.
Trump has long vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing it will reduce illegal immigration and increase America’s border security.
The president has also pledged to take a tougher stance on drug trafficking across America’s borders.