Last week, an intruder jumped the fence at the White House and managed to evade Secret Service agents for 17 minutes. On Saturday, another intruder tried to break into the White House, but this one wasn’t as lucky as the last…
Daily Mail reported that an unidentified person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House on Saturday. The person then began scaling the fence to get onto the grounds, but Secret Service agents were able to quickly tackle and arrest him. President Donald Trump and his family were in Florida at their Mar-a-Lago estate at the time.
White House Press Secretary praised the Secret Service for their “great response” to the breach on Twitter.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 18, 2017
This comes a week after Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, jumped the White House fence armed with two cans of mace. He climbed over an outer perimeter fence, scaled a vehicle gate and hopped another fence near the southeast corner of the White House’s East Wing before he was captured 17 minutes later.
When he was caught, Tran said he had an appointment with his “friend” Trump. He is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for his crime.
House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz has launched an investigation into the incident, saying Tran “may have attempted entry into the building” and “may have moved around on the White House grounds undetected for a considerable amount of time.”
“If true, these allegations raise questions about whether the agency’s security protocols are adequate,” Chaffetz said, adding that the incident was “a total and complete embarrassment.”
“(Homeland Security chief John) Kelly told me that this person was there on the ground for 17 minutes, went undetected, was able to get up next to the White House, hide behind a pillar, look through a window, rattle the door handle,” he said.
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