The United States government did not see a “nexus to terror” surrounding multiple power outages across Washington D.C. this afternoon, according to the White House.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest revealed to reporters that the White House “did briefly have an impact” which caused some areas of the building to go to auxiliary power.
According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, there was “no indication of any malicious activity at this time.”
Earnest admitted that he was with President Obama in a meeting at the Oval Office when the power outage occurred, and said he didn’t notice the outage until he was informed about it after the meeting.
“Things are slowly but surely returning to normal here in the White House complex,” he reassured reporters during the daily press briefing, asserting that the cause of the outage was still under review.