The White House lawn was met with a surprise visitor on Tuesday afternoon.
The Associated Press reported a toddler squeezed through the White House’s fence and proceeded to walk on the White House lawn.
Once the incident occurred the US Secret Service immediately stepped in and retrieved the child and returned him to his parents.
The breach of the White House fence was the first time it was infiltrated since the fence was raised to 13ft.
Here’s the curious tot and the agent who retrieved him:
Secret Service retrieves a toddler who squeezed through the White House fence. Secret Service: “We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on his way with his parents.” pic.twitter.com/oqnCrLiy2G
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) April 18, 2023
The Secret Service stated they have received calls of older children who have gotten stuck in the fence before but they have never encountered a situation where a child has walked on the White House lawn until today.
Per the Associated Press:
A curious toddler on Tuesday earned the title of one of the tiniest White House intruders after he squeezed through the metal fencing on the north side of the executive mansion.
U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officers, who are responsible for security at the White House, walked across the North Lawn to retrieve the tot and reunite him with his parents on Pennsylvania Avenue. Access to the complex was briefly restricted while officers conducted the reunification. Officers briefly questioned the parents before allowing them to continue on their way.
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers “encountered a curious young visitor along the White House north fence line who briefly entered White House grounds.”
“The White House security systems instantly triggered Secret Service officers and the toddler and parents were quickly reunited,” he said in a statement.
A toddler earned the title of one of the tiniest White House intruders after he squeezed through the metal fencing on the north side of the executive mansion. https://t.co/D1bcaHob4o
— AP Oddities (@AP_Oddities) April 18, 2023