CARLOS BARRIA REUTERS
US President Donald Trump wasn't placed in any danger by the intruder
21 Marcha, 2017, 13:03
It was the first known security breach at the White House since Trump took office almost two months ago.
An intruder breached the grounds of the White House late Friday evening, according to a CNN report that was verified by the Secret Service.
Tran, who reportedly had a California driver's license, told Secret Service officers that he was at the White House to see Trump.
Asked how he got there, he said he "jumped the fence".
Authorities did not immediately identify the suspect but Martin Mulholland, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said he had no arrest record or history with the agency, which is charged with protecting the president, his family and other elected officials.
The suspect was arrested though no hazardous materials were found in his bag.
"No, I am a friend of the President". The grounds of the presidential complex were also deemed safe.
Trump, who made the remarks on Saturday, said he appreciated the Secret Service efforts and that the accused is disturbed.
On the intruder, the president added that "he was a troubled person".
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was also briefed on the incident, the Secret Service said.
US President Donald Trump wasn't placed in any danger by the intruder.
He also carried a letter he had written to Trump that mentioned "Russian hackers", and said he had relevant information, US authorities said in the documents.
After scaling an outer perimeter fence at the Washington executive residence just before midnight on Friday, the suspect was arrested by uniformed secret service officers, officials at the agency told AFP. Standard practice is to turn intruders over to the local police department.
Friday's security breach follows a series of similar lapses that took place during the eight years that Barack Obama was president.