Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

US Secret Service upgrades White House security after 'bomb threat'

US Secret Service upgrades White House security after 'bomb threat'

The Secret Service said the fence jumper scaled the first barrier at about 11:21 p.m. ET and wasn't arrested until 11:38 p.m.

As he was being pulled to the ground by a uniformed Secret Service officer, the man allegedly said, according to a D.C. police report, "this is a test".

Officials have not yet confirmed whether there was, in fact, a device in the vehicle, but security at the White House was immediately escalated.

The man who authorities say climbed fences and got onto the White House grounds last week was able to "rattle the door handle", House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Friday.

"The Secret Service can not even keep one person off the grounds - what will they do if 40 terrorists charge the White House?".

Chaffetz dubbed the incident "a total and complete embarrassment".

However, they apparently didn't make it onto White House property.

Earlier today, another person was arrested after jumping over a bike rack in an apparent bid to reach the fence outside the White House. In this case, the incident took place near the north entrance of the Presidential home on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Members of the administration are now set to meet Monday to address security concerns at the White House, Fox News reported. The man then stood "yelling nonsensical statements", according to a police report.

It was the third security incident outside the White House in eight days. Tran, who the Secret Service said was carrying two cans of Mace, is charged with entering restricted grounds while carrying a risky weapon and faces up to 10 years in prison. Trump said at the time that Secret Service did a "fantastic job" apprehending the suspect.

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