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White House intrusion was fourth security breach in just 30 months

White House intrusion was fourth security breach in just 30 months


Security at the White House is under the spotlight after the fourth security breach in just two and a half years.

A man will reappear in court on Monday after scaling the fence and entering the grounds with a backpack late on Friday night.

President Trump was inside the White House when the 26-year-old resident of California, Jonathan Tran, was apprehended, reportedly carrying two cans of mace and one of Trump’s books.

Tran apparently said he was a friend of the president and had information for him.

President Trump told a meeting of advisors on Sunday: “Secret Service did a fantastic job last night, I appreciate it.

“It was a troubled person, very sad actually. But Secret Service was fantastic.”

These are some of the other most recent White House intrusions:

April 2016: Intruder throws backpack over outer fence and scales it.

November 2015: Man wearing American flag jumps the fence.

September 2014: Serious incident during which an army veteran carrying a knife climbed the fence and got into building.

After the 2014 intrusion the Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was forced to resign and there were a series of recommendations to improve security.

Earlier this year a plan was approved to put up a taller, more sturdy fence, with extra features to deter climbers.

Construction of the new fence is due to begin next year.

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