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Much like Trump, Secret Service calls for ‘taller and stronger’ fence … around White House

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Donald Trump is not the only one interested in building walls for security.

The Secret Service intends to build a “taller and stronger” White House security fence after a number of well-publicized incidents where the current fence has been scaled, including one such incident when a man made it all the way into the Executive Mansion.

In a briefing to federal officials, Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said an upgrade is well overdue, according to NBC Washington.

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era,” he told U.S. House and Senate leaders in the mid-April briefing. “We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case.”

There was yet another incident on Tuesday involving a security fence when a male suspect attempting to flee after allegedly committing a robbery nearby jumped a fence near the White House.

“[The fence] is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances, and we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” Dougherty added.

NBC Washington reported on the proposed changes:

According to the Secret Service briefing, the agency’s plans would raise the current 6-foot-tall fence to 11 feet. A new concrete “footing” and “foundation” for the fence are also planned.

Secret Service and National Park Service plans for the new fence would also include “anti-climb features” to deter fence jumpers. Small spikes, which officials call “pencil points,” were added to the current fence in 2015 after a series of jumpers leapt the fence on to White House grounds.

The plans for the new White House fence would include 1¾-inch pickets and taller gates near entrances to the grounds.

No doubt, inhabitants of the White House will feel much more safe and secure.

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