“He grabbed me by the neck and started choking me,” photographer says
A secret service agent slammed a Time magazine photographer to the ground at today’s Donald Trump rally at Redford University in Virginia.
Veteran White House photographer Chris Morris told CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta that the altercation occurred when he stepped outside the press area.
“I stepped 18 inches out of the pen and he grabbed me by the neck and started choking me then he slammed me to the ground,” Morris told reporters outside the venue. Time has since responded to the situation and expressed concerns to the Secret Service.
“We are relieved that Chris is feeling OK, and we expect him to be back at work soon,” a Time spokesperson said.
The Secret Service issued the following statement: The Secret Service is aware of an incident involving an employee of the Secret Service that occurred earlier today in Redford, VA. At this time, our local field office is working with their law enforcement partners to determine the exact circumstances that led up to this incident. The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional facts surrounding the situation are known.
The Trump campaign also put out a statement: There was an incident involving a photographer and a USSS agent at today’s Redford University Trump rally. We are not aware of all the details surrounding the incident and all future inquiries should be directed to local law enforcement.