Trump hails Se­cret Ser­vice for ar­rest­ing in­truder

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United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Satur­day praised the Se­cret Ser­vice for a “fan­tas­tic job” fol­low­ing its late-night ar­rest of an in­truder who breached the White House grounds while the pres­i­dent was there.

After scal­ing a perime­ter fence at the Wash­ing­ton ex­ec­u­tive res­i­dence just be­fore mid­night on Fri­day, the sus­pect was ar­rested by uni­formed Se­cret Ser­vice of­fi­cers.

He was car­ry­ing a back­pack. The sus­pect was iden­ti­fied in court records as Jonathan Tran, 26, of Cal­i­for­nia, CNN re­ported.

When ap­proached by an of­fi­cer, Tran said, “No, I am a friend of the pres­i­dent. I have an ap­point­ment,” CNN said, quot­ing a re­port re­leased on Satur­day by the Wash­ing­ton Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment.

When asked how he got onto the White House grounds, Tran said: “I jumped the fence”.

Speak­ing on Satur­day at his Vir­ginia golf club, Trump said the “Se­cret Ser­vice did a fan­tas­tic job last night”, adding that the in­truder “was a trou­bled per­son”.

Author­i­ties did not find dan­ger­ous ma­te­ri­als in the back­pack fol­low­ing a screen­ing.

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