Secret Service: White House Fence Jumper Was on Grounds for 16 Minutes

Secret Service: White House Fence Jumper Was on Grounds for 16 Minutes

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The U.S. Secret Service is expected to discipline employees after a Milpitas man allegedly jumped over a fence at the White House in an attempt to meet President Donald Trump. "And yet the person is able to get up close to the White House and spend 17 minutes before he's apprehended".

A man tried to scale a barrier outside of the White House in what appeared to be a failed bid to enter the grounds.

Last year, the Secret Service added small spikes - or "pencil points" - to the top of the six-foot fence that surrounds the White House complex. There was no mention of any harmful substances or weapons in the Secret Services' statement, but the insider alleged that Jonathan had two cans of mace with him when he was arrested.

Jonathan Tran, the 26-year-old Milpitas man accused of hopping the White House fence last week, is back in the Bay Area and out on bail, and appeared Thursday in federal court in San Jose to get fitted with a Global Positioning System tracking device. Charges are now pending against him, according to the Secret Service.

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.

Chaffetz directed the agency to preserve and hand over all video of White House grounds from 10 p.m.to 1 a.m. that Friday night; all joint operations center activity logs; all documents and communications related to alarms, the incident and the agency response; and all subsequent reviews.

Shortly after 12:30 P.M., Fox reported that Secret Service had cleared out the White House grounds and nearby Lafayette Park for an unclear reason. Trump described the intruder as a "troubled person" and "very sad".

"The Secret Service can confirm that at no time did the individual gain entry into the White House", the statement said.

Chaffetz said he sent a letter to Secret Service Acting Director William Callahan about the incident Friday. The White House is probably the most targeted place on the face of the planet. The agent sometimes has duty at Trump Tower. Taken from the agent's vehicle Thursday morning near her home in Brooklyn.

  • Jack Replman