A week ago we all woke up to the news that Secret Service Agents had apprehended yet another fence jumper at the South Entrance of the White House late the night before.The intruder carried a backpack and had no trouble scaling the White House fence. He was carrying two cans of mace as well as a U.S. passport, a computer, and one of President Trump’s books.
The man ended up not posing a threat – but it was a shocking reminder of just how easy it is to get on White House property. A reminder of how easy it is to get on – and remain undetected, that is, as we also learned that the fence jumper had been roaming around for 17 minutes as the Secret Service ignored several alarms.
And today, another attempt was made to enter the White House by an intruder.
According to CNN,a man jumped over a bicycle rack in front of the White House on Saturday, briefly putting the complex into an escalated security posture, two law enforcement officials told CNN. The man, who never made it to the White House fence, was carrying a document he wanted to deliver to the White House and did not have a weapon, a law enforcement source said.He was arrested by Secret Service agents, and charges are pending.
So the question remains, how safe is the president really in light of a security screwup like that? According to one former Secret Service agent; not very.
Jonathan Tran, who carried two cans of mace, set off multiple alarms, Bongino said, and was even spotted by Secret Service officers, but was still able to come within “close proximity” of the White House and even reportedly “jiggled the door” to the executive mansion.“The intruder set off multiple alarms, alarms that clearly showed someone breached the property, and he was seen by officers who didn’t think anything of it. This is a big story,” Bongino told Fox News.
“That just shows the president is not safe there – in the White House. The Secret Service does not have the assets, they don’t have personnel on the ground they need to keep him safe.”
Well, at least the intruders were caught this time, but it is a worrying trend.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]