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White House Intruder Arrested Near Donald Trump Residence

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A man was arrested on Friday after trespassing on White House grounds and making it all the way to the entrance of Donald Trump’s private residence.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, possibly gained access to the spatial property by entering on its east side. He then reportedly went to the south portico entrance of the executive residence. There, he was discovered with a backpack shortly before midnight by a Secret Service agent.

President Trump was in the White House at the time of the incident and informed of the situation, but it hasn’t been said if he was in the residence or the West Wing while this went down. White House security was upgraded to “orange,” one of the highest levels designated by the Secret Service. The alleged trespasser was taken into custody, but it’s unclear if he has been charged yet. It was determined the backpack did not have any hazardous materials.

This is the first time security has been breached by an intruder during Trump’s time in office. His presidency just hit the 50-day mark on Friday. But, as Gossip Cop reported, there was a number of unwelcome visitors during President Obama’s time in office. In 2015, a man jumped the White House fence on Thanksgiving.

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Jonathan Tran of California. He was found in possession of mace, and claimed he was a “friend” of Trump’s with an “appointment” to see the president. He also had a passport, laptop, a book written by Trump and a letter to give him.

In the letter, Tran allegedly mentioned Russian hackers, and said he himself had been hacked and followed. He also identified himself as schizophrenic. With surveillance footage showing him jumping a fence to access the White House property, Tran has been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds while using or carrying a dangerous weapon.

 


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