This week has been an extremely embarrassing one for our nation’s Secret Service, and a scary week for the President.
A total of three significant breaches of security have occurred in the past five days involving the Secret Service; an agency whose very job it is to not make any mistakes. Not only did one White House fence jumper run around the grounds for 15 minutes without being swiftly tackled to the lawn, a second fence jumper breached the White House security today. Oh, and that was one day after a laptop containing security details for Trump Tower was stolen from an unlocked Secret Service vehicle.
Now, not surprisingly, one former Secret Service agent has made a stunning assessment of the President’s risk.
“The president is no longer safe on the White House grounds, according to former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who once guarded presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
“Bongino made the stunning assessment in an interview Friday with Fox News. It followed an incident last Friday night when a man jumped the White House fence and may have roamed the property for as long as 15 minutes before he was stopped by the Secret Service.
“Jonathan Tran, who carried two cans of mace, set off multiple alarms, Bongino said, and was even spotted by Secret Service officers, but was still able to come within ‘close proximity’ of the White House and even reportedly ‘jiggled the door’ to the executive mansion.
“’The intruder set off multiple alarms, alarms that clearly showed someone breached the property, and he was seen by officers who didn’t think anything of it. This is a big story,’ Bongino told Fox News.
“’That just shows the president is not safe there – in the White House. The Secret Service does not have the assets, they don’t have personnel on the ground they need to keep him safe.’”
Bongino is making a point that many Americans have certainly pondered in the past week. President Trump was never going to be a simple and straightforward President to protect, but if he is no longer safe at the White House, how can he ever truly be safe?