UPDATE: The White House has updated its explanation to clarify that the vice president had not left yet for his New Hampshire event before Tuesday's emergency.
Vice President Mike Pence's plane was forced to head back to Washington on Tuesday following an undisclosed emergency. He was en route to New Hampshire for an event on the opioid epidemic.
I am told that @VP Pence's New Hampshire opiod event was cancelled because something came up and he had to be back at the White House. Official says it is not a cause for alarm.— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) July 2, 2019
Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah and other White House officials said the situation was no cause for alarm.
Something came up that required the @VP to remain in Washington, DC. It’s no cause for alarm. He looks forward to rescheduling the trip to New Hampshire very soon.— Alyssa Farah (@VPPressSec) July 2, 2019
WH principal deputy press secretary @hogangidley45 says there's "no cause for concern" over Pence's return to D.C.— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 2, 2019
"Something came up," he says, although he won't tell us of what nature.
Pence is in the West Wing.
Other officials have reportedly told the press that this has nothing to do with Pence's health or national security.
Before his plane had to back track, Pence was to participate in a roundtable discussion with patients at the Granite Recovery Center headquarters in Manchester, NH.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated accordingly.