President Bush apologized for the Secret Service's asking a member of a group of Muslims who came to a White House meeting Thursday to leave, prompting the others to walk out.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Bush was angry about the incident, calling it a mistake by the Secret Service and "wrong and inappropriate."
The Muslim leaders, who were at the Old Executive Office Building for a meeting with Rev. Mark Scott, the associate director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives, said they walked out in protest after a 20-year-old congressional intern in their group was asked to leave. The Secret Service said the expulsion was the result of a mix-up.