The White House security systems instantly triggered Secret Service officers and the toddler and parents were quickly reunited.Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi on a toddler breaching the White House security fence.
Why It Matters: “It may be the first successful intrusion onto the complex since the White House fence was doubled in height to roughly 13 feet (3.96-meters) in recent years after a series of security breaches.” (The Associated Press).
What Happened: Apparently the toddler slipped through the fence (just over 5 inches) between the iron posts. He was quickly “apprehended” by Secret Service, who momentarily “restricted” White House access until reuniting toddler with his parents.
Context: The White House fence use to be just over 6 feet tall until it doubled in height during a $64 million construction project started in 2019. Parts of the fence are still NOT complete. MORE HERE
Fun Fact: What color was the first White House fence? Possibly GREEN. “The first perimeter fence was a wood rail fence completed during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency (1801-1809). The wooden fence was replaced by a stone wall and later an iron fence. Paint analysis indicated that the earliest color of the north iron fencing may have been a deep forest green.”
Littlest intruder: Toddler crawls through White House fence (The Associated Press)
History of the White House fence (White House Historical Association)
by Jenna Lee,