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Man who attempted to breach White House was unarmed, says law enforcement

Man who attempted to breach White House was unarmed, says law enforcement”

A person jumped a bike rack outside the White House but did not breach the White House fence, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Twitter Saturday.

The alleged fence jumper who breached the White House grounds last Friday night may have been on the property for 15 minutes before being detected by the Secret Service, Fox News has learned.

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Trump was at his residence at the time.

The man did not enter the White House, the agency said, without further explaining the delay in his capture or details about alarms, protocols or responses that may have failed. And when asked if he was, as the President said later, a "troubled person", Tran said, "I don't deny that".

The intrusion briefly put the White House complex into a escalated security posture, but the situation has since returned to normal, sources said.

It added that the intruder did not come inside the White House, where President Donald Trump was staying at that time. He then scaled an 8ft vehicle gate, and a shorter fence near the east wing of the White House grounds.

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Still, Secret Service agents were "extremely disappointed" in how the incident was handled, and are looking at making security changes, the agency said in a statement.

Chaffetz confessed to Blitzer that "this one scares me", citing the length of time the man was on White House grounds and the proximity to the president.

Cameramen were told by the Secret Service to clear the front lawn.

A senior official says the incident happened just before midnight. With the president in the White House, the intruder was evidently able to hide behind a pillar and get to a door undetected.

The Secret Service was criticized for playing down the severity of the episode until a fuller account emerged in an investigation by a House subcommittee led by Chaffetz.

"The moment somebody jumps over the fence they have to be taken down", Mr Chaffetz later told CNN.



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