The federal government has spent a hefty sum in the quest to keep the White House secure, but its efforts were apparently no match for two young boys.
According to reports, the kids were spotted on Sunday slipping through a barrier that cost $64 million. President Joe Biden was reportedly inside the executive mansion at the time.
“Intrusion detection technology”
As the National Park Service explained, the fence boasts an “anti-climb technology and intrusion detection technology.”
It initially stood at eight feet tall including a stone base but the NPS began renovations in 2019 to make it even taller.
The structure consists of 3,500 feet of steel and is set to be completed at some point next year. Despite its now 13-foot height, however, the bold boys were undeterred, slipping through its bars and onto the White House lawn.
A Daily Mail report described one boy as appearing “jubilant” as he made his way past the barricade late Sunday morning. The other boy slipped through about two hours later.
Recent security updates came in response to various breaches over the past few years. Although few of them were considered serious threats, the trend was seen as alarming enough for the NPS to begin planning a more robust barrier as far back as 2016.
“The most lethal terrorist threat”
D.C. security concerns reached new heights in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, which led to a fence around the complex and National Guard troops patrolling the streets of the nation’s capital.
In April, a police officer was killed after a suspect identified as a Nation of Islam adherent crashed into a barricade surrounding the Capitol building.
Of course, Biden has repeatedly railed against the ostensible threat of right-wing domestic extremism, at one point calling white nationalism “the most lethal terrorist threat to our homeland today.”