Trump hails Secret Service for arresting intruder
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.