White House Security Systems 'Triggered' After Tiny Intruder Slips Through the Fence


Access to the White House was temporarily restricted after a small intruder triggered the complex’s security system.

On Tuesday, the Secret Service apprehended a toddler who slipped through the fence on the north side of the White House.

In a statement shared with Fox News, Secret Service chief of communications Anthony Gugliemli said, “The Secret Service Uniformed Division today encountered a curious young visitor along the White House north fence line who briefly entered White House grounds.”

“The White House security systems instantly triggered Secret Service officers and the toddler and parents were quickly reunited,” he added.

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Fox News reported, “Officers briefly questioned the parents before allowing the family to continue on their way.”

The Associated Press’ Seung Min Kim tweeted the toddler was the “cutest little White House intruder.”

“One trick to making it past the White House fence: be a toddler,” wrote Bloomberg’s Josh Wingrove.

Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich tweeted, “The littlest perp walk of all time.”

Politico’s Lara Korte, tweeted, “The best thing I’ll read today!!!”

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This is not the first incident involving a child and the White House fence.

Fox News notes, “Tiny intruders were reported in April 2015 and in August of 2014 and older children have sometimes become stuck there.”

However, it is possibly the first successful intrusion since the fence’s height was increased to 13 feet. While the height increased, the space between the pickets also increased by an inch to 5 ½ inches.

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