Donald Trump inside White House as intruder scales fence

Mar 15, 2017, 00:52
Donald Trump inside White House as intruder scales fence

"Secret Service did a fantastic job", Trump told reporters at the start of a working lunch on Saturday afternoon with several Cabinet members at his golf course outside Washington.

Officers also swept the south and north grounds of the White House, but "nothing of concern to security operations was found", the Secret Service said in a statement.

Officials placed the White House under security condition "orange" after the incident, which is one of the highest levels of security for the Secret Service.

The suspect then saw a Secret Service officer in uniform and went towards the South Lawn, the affidavit reads.

The White House's south entrance is often used to greet VIP guests, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month.

No hazardous materials were found during a search of a backpack the individual carried over the fence, the agency said.

Agents previously said the president was not in danger, and the Secret Service initially reported that the backpack didn't contain anything risky.

He called the intruder a "troubled person" and "very sad".

This article has been updated to include President Trump's comments. He was apprised of the situation, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told journalists Saturday.

President Donald Trump was in the residence when the incident took place, the reports said.

The Secret Service is trying to determine how Tran managed to get near the building without being detected, officials said.

Tran confessed to jumping the fence of the White House.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the incident, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.