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Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

The new security rules went into effect at 11p.m. Wednesday April 19, and will stay in place for the immediate future.

That section of the street has been off-limits from 11:00pm to 6:00am since 2015, but it did not open again Thursday morning once it was shut down for the night on Wednesday. The intruder, Jonathan Tran, 26, approached the south portico entrance carrying two cans of mace and a letter for President Donald Trump before an officer arrested him, the agency said.

"The Secret Service must continually evaluate security protocols and continually balance the security of our protected persons and facilities with the public's ability to access them", Secret Service Communications Director Cathy Milhoan told The Hill. More highly symbolic First Amendment space is gone.

In March, a man scaled a White House fence and spent more than 16 minutes on the grounds of the executive residence prior to his arrest.

The changes are a part of an "ongoing comprehensive review" of security measures at the White House and its surrounding grounds, the Secret Service said in a statement Wednesday evening. There will be no new "physical" barriers installed as a result of the perimeter expansion. They reported last week that two Secret Service agents on duty that night have been told they will be fired. It has also announced plans for a taller and stronger fence. It's still unclear how he was able to get so close to the White House after jumping the fence and why he was wandering the grounds.

The White House has always been an attraction for tourists and demonstrators, though the specific security outside the building and its grounds have shifted over the years.

Weeks after the March 10 incident, a woman jumped over a temporary barrier outside the White House fence.

The goal is to create a buffer zone like the one at Pennsylvania Avenue.

Tightening security at the White House.


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