Intruder with backpack breaches White House grounds

  • Intruder with backpack breaches White House grounds

Intruder with backpack breaches White House grounds

Officials say he was not in danger, although the White House was reportedly placed on an "orange" alert - one of the highest security levels used by the Secret Service.

Tran confessed to jumping the fence of the White House.

The US Secret Service said the breach happened shortly before midnight on Friday. Tran alleged that he had been followed, and his "phone and email communications (had been) read by third parties", and that he had "been called schizophrenic", ' Secret Service officer Wayne Azevedo said in the complaint.

The intruder, identified as Jonathan Tran, 26, of California, told security he had an appointment with the President. The intruder who was carrying a backpack was arrested by Secret Service officers, who also searched the backpack as a precautionary measure.

Brian said his brother had been "living in his auto and eating junk food" and additionally said he had been "a very good brother to me".

Kelly was among several Cabinet secretaries and senior White House staff members who attended a working lunch with the president at the Trump National Golf Club.

No hazardous material was found inside the backpack, and a subsequent search of the complex grounds resulted in "nothing of concern to security operations", the Secret Service said.

Mr Trump, who was later briefed on the matter, told reporters that the Secret Service did a "fantastic job" stopping the intruder.

In one notable 2014 incident, while Barack Obama was President, a disturbed Army veteran jumped the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn, and entered the building with a knife in his pocket.

The Secret Service and National Park Service have been working on a new fence design and other upgrades.