One arrested in incident involving motorcade outside White House

One person was arrested and a Secret Service agent was reportedly injured during an incident involving a motorcade with Chinese officials outside the White House on Wednesday.

The Secret Service told NBC News that a protester crossed police barricades Wednesday afternoon and attempted to interfere with a departing motorcade of Chinese officials leaving the White House after trade negotiations with Robert Lighthizer, the Trump administration’s top trade negotiator.

{mosads}Initial reports on Twitter claimed that an individual was struck by a vehicle in the procession, but the Secret Service reported to NBC News that one officer was injured in an alleged assault by the protester.

The individual was reportedly arrested, while the Secret Service agent was transferred to a local hospital for treatment.

Photos of the scene showed streets blocked off by D.C. police and other emergency response vehicles.

The motorcade that departed the White House on Wednesday contained a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He, who has led Chinese trade negotiations in recent weeks as the U.S. and China attempt to resolve their trade dispute.

Chinese officials are expected to return to the White House tomorrow for another session of talks.

Last month, the president announced that the U.S. would hold off on a proposed tariff hike to 25 percent on Chinese goods in the hopes of reaching a deal with the Chinese government in the coming months.

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