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Bush Steps into Confrontation Between Secret Service, Chilean Security


President Bush was in the middle of a minor confrontation involving his Secret Service agents and Chilean security forces at the APEC summit in Santiago, Chile Saturday night.

A shoving match between the Chilean and U.S. agents occurred Saturday when the Chileans tried to stop the Secret Service bodyguards from accompanying the president to a dinner with world leaders.

When the president noticed the confrontation, he stepped away from First Lady Laura Bush, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and his wife, and pulled the U.S. agent from Chilean security. The incident was shown on APEC's summit television.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said Chilean security tried to stop the president's Secret Service from accompanying him. She also said the issue was resolved when the president told the Chileans the Secret Service agents were with him.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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