United States Secret Service

Man sets himself on fire in front of the White House

The White House
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A man reportedly set himself on fire in front of the White House on Friday afternoon, reports the Washington Post.

Details: It's still unclear if this was part of a protest, per the Washington Post. The man was riding a motorized wheelchair when he set his jacket on fire. He is presently in the custody of the Secret Service and is being treated for wounds, per NBC Washington. The North Lawn of the White House was cleared as well as Lafayette Square and the front sidewalk. Traffic is also blocked off in the surrounding area.

Behind Trump's decision to oust his Secret Service chief

irector of the US Secret Service Randolph Alles speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice
Director of the U.S. Secret Service Randolph "Tex" Alles. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynold/ AFP via Getty Images

The White House announced Monday that U.S. Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles would soon be leaving his post, a move that "shocked" USSS agents, according to a secret service official, but didn't come as a surprise to staffers inside the West Wing.

Behind the scenes: Randolph "Tex" Alles, who had no Secret Service experience when appointed by President Trump in April 2017, was brought on to fix an agency with a lot of problems. He was selected at the personal urging of then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, despite others cautioning Trump against it, a senior administration official told Axios.