Update: White House Fence Jumper on Grounds 17 Minutes Before Being Apprehended
Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26 breached the outer perimeter of the White House last week when he jumped over the fence making his way to the south Portico entrance.
Further investigation reveals he was on the grounds for 17 minutes before detection; Secret Service agents ignored several alarms.
According to a New York Times report:
Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah and the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote in a letter on Friday to the Secret Service that the committee received “additional information” about the episode, including indications that Mr. Tran “may have moved around on the White House grounds undetected for a considerable amount of time.”
The Secret Service said in a statement late Friday that Mr. Tran, after climbing several gates as high as eight feet, was inside the grounds for about 17 minutes before he was apprehended at 11:38 p.m. The agency said it is conducting an investigation.
Secret Service apparently ignored many alarms…
Mr. Chaffetz also said that the committee had received information indicating that the Secret Service “ignored” alarms that Mr. Tran tripped and that he may have attempted to get into the White House itself.
The Secret Service needs to be overhauled as they have a decade of unacceptable security breaches..
A 2015 report by the House Oversight Committee called the Secret Service “an agency in crisis” and found that over a 10-year period, there had been 143 security breaches and attempted security breaches at secured facilities.
The Secret Service had a bad week. First an intruder jumped the fence surrounding the White House and roamed around the grounds for 17 minutes undetected while President Trump was there.
Next it was reported that Secret Service agents are under investigation for taking a selfie with one of President Trump’s grandson’s while he was sleeping.
Most recently, TGP reported that a laptop was stolen from a Secret Service agent’s vehicle which contained Trump Tower floor plans and information about Hillary Clinton’s ongoing e-mail investigation.