A man carrying a backpack came close to penetrating the residential entrance of the White House Friday night while President Donald Trump was inside.
Making matters worse, there appears to be confusion over how the suspect breached security, according to CNN.
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A man carrying a backpack was arrested Friday night after breaching security at the White House complex and was discovered by a Secret Service officer by the south entrance to the executive residence, officials said.
The incident happened just before midnight while President Donald Trump was at the White House.
A Secret Service source said the intruder might have entered the White House grounds on the east side before making his way near the residence’s south portico entrance.
The suspect was arrested and taken into custody by the Secret Service. It’s not clear if he jumped the fence surrounding the White House or made it onto the grounds some other way.
The backpack did not contain any hazardous materials, officials said, but the incident prompted the White House to be placed under security condition “orange,” one of the highest levels of security, CNN reported.
That the man was apprehended “near” the residence’s south portico entrance calls into question just how much improvement in security there has been since a fence-jumper made it INSIDE the White House in September 2014.
In what was a major security breach, Omar J. Gonzalez, made it all the way into the East Room before being apprehended.
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