Object Thrown at Stage During President Trump’s Speech at NRA Convention

April 26, 2019 Updated: April 26, 2019

A person was reportedly removed from the audience during President Donald Trump’s speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) on April 26 after he allegedly tossed what appears to be a cellphone toward the stage, according to a video circulating on social media.

The video, which was taken by attendee Bradley Brewer, shows a black object flying toward one side of the lectern as Trump was approaching from the other side. When the object landed on the stage and bounced away, the president could be seen turning his head and glancing over.

The incident did not appear to affect the president and he proceeded with his speech without delay.

According to Brewer, the individual was “swiftly arrested and the President continued with no problem.”

Another attendee, Katie Pavlich, also recounted the incident via social media.

“A man threw a cell phone on stage when President Trump walked out for his speech. He threw it stage left, while POTUS was closer to stage right. The man hung around up front for a few minutes, carrying Mt. Dew, as POTUS started remarks and then Secret Service removed him,” Pavlich wrote.

At the convention in Indianapolis, Trump addressed members of gun rights groups, defended the Second Amendment, and announced the United States’ withdrawal from a United Nations treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.

Trump said he decided to revoke the United States’ status as a signatory of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates international trade in conventional weapons, including small arms, battle tanks, combat aircraft, and warships. He said the treaty could infringe on U.S. sovereignty and the rights of Americans.

“Under my Administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms. And that is why my Administration will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty,” Trump said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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