NEW YORK (AP) – The US Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around the White House, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Sunday.
The discussions follow an incident Friday in which a man carrying a knife jumped over the gate around the White House, making it to a building entrance.
The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorised to discuss internal deliberations by name.
The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after the embarrassing breach, in which Omar J Gonzalez, 42, of Texas, climbed the fence, ran across the lawn and entered the building before agents stopped him.
The first family was away from the White House at the time.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered increased surveillance and more officer patrols. She also began an investigation into what went wrong.
The breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House. Secret Service agents drew their weapons as they hurried White House staffers and journalists out of the West Wing through a side door.