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Secret Service stops attempted White House intrusion, Spicer says

The White House said Saturday that a person was apprehended after jumping a low metal barrier just outside the White House fence, a week after an intrusion raised questions about lapses in security under the watch of the U.S. Secret Service.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter that the person "jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave" but did not make it onto White House property.

Spicer added, "Great response by @SecretService."

President Trump was not at the White House on Saturday. He and his family are spending the weekend at his resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

The Secret Service said in a statement that the person jumped over the bike rack in an apparent attempt to get to the White House fence.

"The individual was immediately apprehended by United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers before reaching the White House fence," the statement said, adding that criminal charges are pending.

The incident comes about a week after a man breached a 5-foot outer perimeter fence and scaled an 8-foot vehicle gate to enter the White House grounds.

Video surveillance footage of that incident shows Jonathan Tuan Tran, 26, of Milpitas, Calif., climbing the fence near the Treasury Department adjacent to the White House security fence and making his way to a south entrance, the criminal complaint said. Tran, who the Secret Service said was carrying two cans of Mace, is charged with entering restricted grounds while carrying a dangerous weapon and faces up to 10 years in prison.

Trump was inside the executive mansion at the time. He praised the Secret Service for doing a "fantastic job" apprehending a "troubled person."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told CNN on Friday that Tran was able to "look through" a White House window and roam the grounds undetected for 17 minutes while Trump was inside. Chaffetz called the incident a "complete and utter total failure."

The Secret Service emphasized that the intruder never made it inside White House. The agency said it was still investigating and had put additional security posts, technology enhancements and new response protocols into place.

It was the first known security breach at the White House since Trump took office two months ago.

Similar lapses occurred during the eight years that Barack Obama was president. In September 2014, an Army veteran with mental health issues scaled a fence on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House and made it deep inside the building, to the East Room, before the Secret Service could detain him. The Obamas were not at home at the time.

The incident was one of several breakdowns by the Secret Service that ultimately led to the resignation of the agency's director, Julia Pierson, the following month.

Trump has to find someone new to lead the agency. Joseph Clancy, a former agent who came out of retirement to succeed Pierson, announced his second retirement last month.

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