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Incoming White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was roughed up by North Korean security guards on Sunday during a scuffle between Kim Jong Un’s security and members of the American press.
When American media attempted to follow President Donald Trump and Kim into “Freedom House” at the Demilitarized Zone, North Korean security guards physically blocked them from entering, according to the Associated Press.
Grisham was injured in the melee, receiving bruises from the North Korean guards, when she fought against the guards to allow American media to properly position themselves to cover the historic meeting between Trump and Kim.
This is the moment White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham got into a scuffle with North Korean security guards who were blocking US journalists pic.twitter.com/WSBkdDw17g
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) June 30, 2019
The Secret Service eventually intervened to deescalate the tense situation, the AP reported, and the American media were able to capture the historic moment.
Jim Acosta, CNN’ senior White House correspondent, reported the incident was ” an all out brawl.”
New WH Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham got into a scuffle with the North Koreans to move members of the WH press pool into position to cover Trump and Kim, I’m told. Grisham was a bit bruised. Source called it “an all out brawl.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 30, 2019
Other reporters corroborated the incident.
Grisham was seen on camera pushing back North Koreans who were blocking US press. Shouting "Go! Go!" as she created a path for press to join the Trump-Kim meeting. https://t.co/smFer0JwGw
— Allie Malloy (@AlliemalCNN) June 30, 2019
To add to madcap day at DMZ, the North Korean security was a little overzealous, at times trying to block US reporters’ view.
New WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham threw herself into it to make sure the US TV camera got into House of Freedom, and it came to body blows. pic.twitter.com/LYWhbJFkF5
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 30, 2019
It was not immediately clear if Grisham received medical attention or if North Korean guards injured anyone else.
Trump made history Sunday by becoming the first American commander in chief to visit North Korea, albeit for approximately just one minute.
After meeting with Kim for nearly one hour in Freedom House, Trump announced North Korea had agreed to resume denuclearization negotiations.