Donald Trump says he went to an underground White House bunker for an “inspection”, rather than for protection from protesters.
The US president was taken to the facility amid demonstrations nearby on Friday, with reports at the time suggesting he had been there for almost an hour along with First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron.
But while the Republican admitted he had been to the bunker, he insisted it had only been briefly and had nothing to do with the protests.
“It was much more for the inspection,” he told Fox News Radio.
“I was there for a tiny, short little period of time.
“They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you’re going to need it.”
He went on to repeat his threat of military action in New York amid continuing civil unrest following the death of George Floyd.
“If they don’t get their act straightened out I will solve it. I’ll solve it fast,” he said.