- U.S. Secret Service agrees with Trump and wants a taller and stronger wall around the White House.
- A large number of people have been tempting to jump the White House fence recently, which prompted the idea.
- The proposed new fence would be 11 feet and 7 inches tall with 1 ¾ inch spikes and would be implemented by 2018 maybe sooner.
The U.S. Secret Service has one thing in common with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump: They want a “taller and stronger” wall — sort of.
Rather than around the country’s borders, the Secret Service is proposing an improved fence around the White House, following an increase in the number of people attempting to jump the barrier onto the ground of the executive mansion.
The proposed new design would incorporate “anti-climb features” and “intrusion detection technology” in order to deter possible jumpers, according to a statement from a Secret Service spokeswoman. The new “complex design” would feature a fence that is 11 feet and seven inches tall with 1 3/4-inch pickets and taller gates near entrances.
“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is, in fact, the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said, according to NBC Washington.
“[The fence] is entirely scalable, depending on the circumstances, and we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” he added.
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The current 6-foot fence boasts small spikes, which officials call “pencil points,” that were installed in 2015 after a series of jumpers crossed onto protected White House property.
“There are still several additional steps before construction could begin on a new fence, and a timeline is not concrete,” the Secret Service said.
This comes after the White House was briefly placed on lockdown Tuesday after a male robbery suspect, who authorities said was attempting to flee police custody, jumped a fence near the president’s house.
Source: The Blaze