The White House was put in lockdown on Saturday afternoon after a man shot himself dead at the North Lawn.
The shooting happened at around noon and sparked panic inside as staff were told to shelter in place.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Political journalists sheltered in the briefing room and tweeted first about the incident.
Not long afterwards, the Secret Service said it was a person who had shot themselves.
The president is at Mar-a-Lago with the First Lady and Barron. He is due to return to Washington DC on Saturday.