Man arrested at Trump hotel in Washington after firearms discovered

Agents and officers responded to a report of a "potential threat against Secret Service protectees"

Man arrested at Trump hotel in Washington after firearms discovered

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A man has been arrested at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC after weapons were discovered in a vehicle.

The US Secret Service and local police responded to a report of a "potential threat against Secret Service protectees" in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Officers and agents had received information from a 'concerned citizen' and security staff at the hotel.

A man was located at the hotel, while a "semi-automatic assault style rifle" and a handgun were found in a vehicle.

An explosive ordnance unit examined the vehicle, but found no hazardous materials.

The man - who police say had checked himself into the hotel - has been arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearms.

The Secret Service has insisted none of its protectees were at risk.

Washington police chief Peter Newsham said a tipster coming forward with the information had 'averted a potential disaster' in the US capital.

Brian Ebert of the Secret Service thanked local law enforcement, adding: "This investigation is still new and ongoing.”