The March 10 incident in which a fence-jumper was able to sneak into the White House is the reason two Secret Service agents have been fired, according to reports on Thursday.
Both agents were assigned to guard posts located at the Treasury Building and an entrance on East Executive Avenue at the time Jonathan Tran, 26, was able to climb over multiple fences, set off alarms and walk around the White House for 17 minutes before he was apprehended.
He was found to be carrying a backpack which contained two cans of pepper spray. The president was in the White House executive residence at the time.
A review of the fence-jumper incident is still ongoing. According to a spokesman, “The Secret Service continues to take appropriate actions based upon findings of the mission assurance review. We do not comment on personnel actions. However, all Secret Service personnel are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.” Both agents had been on the job for less than a year.
“The Service did a fantastic job,” Trump said afterward. “It was a troubled person. It was very sad.”
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