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Politics Protesters’ breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trump to secure bunker

01:05  04 june  2020
01:05  04 june  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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President Trump was rushed to a secure bunker in the White House on Friday evening after a group of protesters hopped over temporary barricades set up near the Treasury Department grounds, according to arrest records and people familiar with the incident.

Donald Trump in a suit standing in front of a window: President Trump exits the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29. © Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Trump exits the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29.

The security move came after multiple people crossed over fences that had been erected to create a larger barrier around the White House complex around 7 p.m.

Secret Service officers detained at least four protesters, who were charged with unlawful entry at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to arrest records. The incident took place near the border between the White House lawn and Treasury Department, about 350 feet from the East Wing, and close to a Treasury fence line that has been at the center of past security failures.

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Numerous Secret Service agents were injured, fires set by rioters blazed near the White House and authorities were searching for car bombs late Sunday as The developments came as it emerged that the Secret Service took President Trump to the White House 's underground bunker on Friday night

As protesters gathered outside the White House Friday night in Washington, DC, President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker for a period of time, according to a White House official and a law enforcement source.

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The breach occurred around the time that the Secret Service alert level on the White House complex was elevated from “yellow” to “red,” according to a law enforcement official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal safety maneuvers. Officials familiar with the incident told colleagues that the president, the first lady and their son Barron were rushed to the bunker because of the episode, according to two people familiar with their accounts. 

The events contradict the president’s claim Wednesday that he went to the bunker simply to inspect the secure location.

Two of the people who were arrested said they were stunned by the idea that their actions prompted the abrupt relocation of the president.

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“I didn’t even realize what I did was illegal,” said one of the protesters, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the pending charges. “I stepped over a barricade. I never got onto the Treasury grounds or White House grounds.”

The White House and Secret Service declined to comment on what precipitated Trump’s move to the bunker, part of a classified security system for safeguarding the president.

“The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,” spokesman Judd Deere said in an emailed statement.

“For operational security reasons, the U.S. Secret Service does not discuss our protectees or our protective means and methods relative to all U.S. Secret Service protected facilities inclusive of the White House,” an agency spokesperson said.

Trump, who has been angered by reports that he was moved to the secure underground facility and the impression that he was in hiding, on Wednesday disputed that he was rushed to safety.

Trump says he went to the White House bunker for an "inspection"

 Trump says he went to the White House bunker for an © Eric BARADAT Donald Trump returned to the White House on May 30, 2020 after a trip to Florida US President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday having been escorted to a secure bunker due to protests outside the White House, claiming to have been there simply for an inspection.

US President Donald Trump was rushed to a White House bunker on Friday by Secret Service agents as hundreds of people protesting the death of Mr Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker , which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, according to a Republican close to

Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive They sparked one of the highest alerts on the White House complex since the September 11 attacks in 2001 . "The White House does not

“It was a false report. I wasn’t down,” Trump told Fox Radio host Brian Kilmeade. “I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny, little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection. There was no problem during the day.”

Pressed by Kilmeade on whether Trump was “inspecting” the bunker because the Secret Service expressed concern for his safety, the president insisted that wasn’t the case.

“Nope, they didn’t tell me that at all,” Trump said. “They said it would be a good time to go down, take a look, because maybe some time you’re going to need it.”

Former Secret Service agents said Trump’s explanation did not make sense, noting that all presidents and their families are routinely given a security briefing in their first days in office. They are briefed on steps the Secret Service will take in an emergency and also shown secure locations where they will be taken in case of danger.

Relocation to the underground bunker is part of various security steps the Secret Service may use in the case of potential threats to the president’s safety.

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(WASHINGTON) — Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades. Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker , which

Donald Trump has claimed to have spent only a “tiny” amount of time in a reinforced security bunker under the White House as protesters clashed with Secret Service Trump earned rebukes on Saturday by tweeting that had protesters breached the White House fence , they would have been

The incursion by protesters near the White House complex Friday came as swelling demonstrations filled the streets of downtown Washington in response to the killing of George Floyd, with many people rushing barricades and throwing bottles. It was the first night of protests in the District, and the large crowd swarming so close to the White House took Secret Service officers aback, officials said.

Lone protesters have sometimes tried to make a statement by jumping the fence, but not since the civil unrest of the 1960s have groups come directly at the White House grounds in such numbers. 

Trump’s frustration with the impression that he was in hiding amid the tumult contributed to his decision Monday to walk from the White House to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Less than 30 minutes before his walk, federal agents rushed at protesters in Lafayette Square and an adjoining street with shields and batons, tossing gas canisters and pepper spray pellets into the crowd, causing a chaotic scurry.

The arrests Friday took place near a Treasury Department fence line that borders the White House grounds and has figured in key security failures in the past, including a March 2017 incident when Trump was at home and was also rushed to the bunker for a short period.

In that incident, Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, a California man carrying two cans of Mace and a letter to Trump about “Russian hackers,” hopped the Treasury fence line. Due to outdated and failing sensors and alarms, he was able to reach the east side of the mansion and attempted to open doors there. Tran remained on the property for 17 minutes before he was spotted behind a pillar and apprehended near the South Portico entrance.

The entire White House fence line was recommended for replacement after a 2014 fence-jumper incident, but the portion around Treasury had been delayed by Secret Service budget constraints.

Alice Crites, John Wagner, Felicia Sonmez and Peter Hermann contributed to this report.

Most fencing put up around White House during protests to be removed this week .
Most of the fencing blocking off the park in front of the White House will be removed by Wednesday, according to the National Park Service. © Provided by Washington Examiner The Park Service said late Monday that some fencing will stay in areas that were damaged during the demonstrations in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he pleaded for his life.

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