A man attempted to jump the White House fence early this morning.
According to AP News:
The U.S. Secret Service says an individual has been taken into custody after attempting to jump a security barrier on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House.
President Donald Trump was inside the White House during the Sunday morning incident.
The Secret Service tweeted at about 8 a.m. Sunday that someone tried to jump a row of metal bike racks that are being used to create a second row of fencing outside the executive mansion.
Those racks were installed in response to a series of fence-jumping incidents in recent years, including a man who made it into the White House in 2014.
Pedestrians were briefly barred from walking in front of the White House during Sunday’s incident.
This isn’t the first time someone attempted to scale the White House fence.
In October, a man from Kentucky attempted the same feat.
According to USA Today:
A man from Kentucky is accused of trying to jump the White House fence while dressed as Pikachu, the popular Pokémon character, to become YouTube famous.
Curtis Combs, 36, of Somerset was arrested by District of Columbia police officers around 9:35 a.m. CT Tuesday, according to an arrest affidavit filed in superior court.
Combs told authorities that he “wanted to become famous and thought jumping the White House fence and posting it to YouTube would make him famous,” the arrest affidavit states.
Officers issued him verbal commands telling him to get down, but Combs kept climbing. He was arrested after he was inside the restricted area of the White House lawn.
And in March, the Secret Service announced that a man had breached White House security for fifteen minutes.
[T]he Secret Service offered some information about the incident and said the “investigation is ongoing,” so far including more than 50 interviews and a review of radio transmissions and video footage.
The review found that the intruder climbed a five-foot fence and an eight-foot gate and then hopped a three-and-a-half foot fence while Secret Service members struggled to locate him.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday that the intruder even managed to rattle a door handle at the South Portico entrance to the White House, although he did not make it inside.
There was significant criticism directed at the Secret Service for this breach.
“That’s why we spend billions of dollars on personnel and dogs and technologies and fences and undercover people and video surveillance,” the Utah Republican said. “And yet the person is able to get up close to the White House and spend 17 minutes before he’s apprehended. That’s unbelievable.”
The Secret Service statement added that “immediate steps” had been taken, including “additional posts, technology enhancements, and response protocols.”
“The men and women of the Secret Service are extremely disappointed and angry in how the events of March 10 transpired,” the statement said.
What are your thoughts on these security breaches? Will these increase during Trump’s presidency? What can be done to decrease these threats?