Intruder attempts to breach White House property

"But to be able to touch the White House, come on". On Friday, he departed to Florida for his fifth time as President of the United States.

The man jumped over the bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue at a little before 1 p.m.

That episode, along with a series of other safety lapses revealed at the time, led to intense congressional criticism, a shake-up of the Secret Service's top management and the addition of spikes atop the White House fencing to deter climbers.

President Trump, who was on the property, has praised the Secret Service for doing a "fantastic job" and said the suspect was "troubled".

According to court documents, Tran told federal agents that he was a friend of the president and had an appointment.

But House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, blasted the latest incident and said "this keeps happening". The White House security level was briefly raised, but security personnel have since returned to normal alert levels.

"The agency is broken, the management has failed", he said.

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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in the debacle.

The source said Tran set off several alarms, but went unnoticed because the alarms may have failed. The intruder never got close to the president. The problem has persisted for years and is totally unacceptable.

October 3, 2013 - An unarmed woman was shot and killed by a Secret Service agent and a Capitol police officer after she drove toward a security checkpoint near the White House, hit a barricade and sped away.

"Time is of the essence", Chaffetz wrote.

Jonathan Wackrow, a 14-year Secret Service employee who served in President Barack Obama's detail and now works in the private sector, has called the incident a "gut punch" to an agency still recovering from the Gonzalez incident.

At a hearing in federal court in Washington on Monday, he was allowed to remain free but ordered to wear a Global Positioning System monitor and stay within 100 miles of his hometown except while traveling to court in Washington. Tran activated a sensor alarm in the Treasury Moat, the source said.

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