White House intrusion was fourth security breach in just 30 months

White House intrusion was fourth security breach in just 30 months
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By Seamus Kearney
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A man will reappear in court on Monday after scaling the fence and entering the grounds late on Friday night

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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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