Secret Service was on high alert on Thursday when a man jumped the White House fence, says Reuters. The intruder was immediately caught, so the President was in no real danger.
Despite the quick apprehension, the building was locked down as the U.S. Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the area, confirms the same source. Nearby streets were also closed off. The reaction from the Secret Service needed to be quick and solid, as U.S and even the world are still in shock after the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.
The president was present at the White House
The fence incident came on Thanksgiving Day and found President Barack Obama at the White House, according to his public schedule. A photo by the official White House photographer posted online earlier in the day showed Obama making phone calls to members of the U.S. military, says Reuters.
This isn’t the first time this year when someone tries to get into the White House by jumping the fence. A woman was arrested in July in a similar incident, while another person was caught in April, trying to make Obama a visit. These incidents made the Secret Service consider applying extra security. Some measures included adding spikes to the top of the fence to make it harder for people to jump over, says the same source.
What was he trying to transmit?
The incident had some spectators. One witness who took photos of the incident was cited by The Washington Post and told that the man caught on the White House ground was a U.S flag-draped man that climbed the fence and landed on the other side, arms outstretched. CNN reported that the man was holding a white envelope. His identity remains unknown, as officials did not made a public statement.