Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Las Vegas on Saturday and is interrupted by a disturbance that police say involved a British man attempting to grab a security officer’s gun, with the intention of firing at the presumptive Republican nominee. Michael Steven Sandford was arrested at the event.
Michael Steven Sandford, 20, did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada and was remanded in custody until a hearing on 5 July.
He is charged with an act of violence “on restricted grounds”.
He had reportedly tried to seize the gun after saying he was seeking Mr Trump’s autograph at Saturday’s rally.
He said he had been planning to try and shoot Mr Trump for about a year but had decided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so, court papers say.
A federal judge found Mr Sandford, who reportedly appeared in court in shackles, to be a danger and risk of non-appearance, and he was ordered detained pending his preliminary hearing.
When asked about the arrest of Michael Sandford, a Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas.”
Earlier on Monday, Mr Trump fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who oversaw his triumph in the primary contests.