Parts of the White House and a Senate office building were evacuated on Tuesday after telephone bomb threats.
The White House press briefing room was evacuated just a few hours after parts of the Senate's Dirksen office building were emptied by security guards.
The live televised White House briefing was in progress when security agents asked attendees to leave the building.
As White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke, a US Secret Service agent opened the door and said "we need to evacuate the press briefing room now". Upon resuming the briefing, Mr Earnest said a bomb threat was made against the briefing room in a phone call made to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
A Secret Service spokesman said the evacuation was "limited to the White House Briefing Room and does not affect any other sections of the White House".
Cameras were left running after the evacuation and agents could be seen directing bomb-sniffing dogs through the room.
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