At least six Secret Service agents face disciplinary actions for not being able to stop the man who managed to jump the White House fence and roam the grounds while President Donald Trump was in the residence.
The employees facing discipline are from both uniformed division, as well as special agents.
On Friday, March 10 at 11:39 p.m., Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, 26, jumped the White House fence near the Treasury Building on the east side of the grounds and went to the South Portico area, which is where the president’s bedroom is located.
When Tran spotted a uniformed Secret Service officer coming his way, he switched course and headed towards the South Lawn.
White House fence jumper was on the grounds for 17 minutes without being noticed pic.twitter.com/nm7Onubw7s
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The man who trespassed was on the White House grounds for 17 minutes before he was apprehended.
He was carrying two cans of mace, as well a Apple laptop, a book written by Trump and a letter to him.
When agents asked him what he was doing, he replied,
“I am a friend of the president. I have an appointment.”
He then confessed,
“I jumped the fence.”
Tran was charged with entering restricted grounds while using or carrying a dangerous weapon, reports Western Journalism.
President Trump praised the Secret Service for handling the issue. He commented that Tran was clearly a “troubled person. It was very sad.”
However, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, was not as satisfied of the Secret Service’s actions.
“It was even worse than I thought,” he said, pointing out the amount of time Tran managed to stay on the White House grounds without being detected.
The head of the Secret Service, as well as the Secretary of Homeland Security assured the congressman that “big changes” are afoot.
As reported, the Secret Service will be getting a new director as early as next week who will be from outside its ranks.
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