The U.S. Secret Service is planning to heighten the fence surrounding the White House after numerous attempts by fence jumpers to breach the property. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump reminded Obama that building walls helps keep people who do not belong out.
“President Obama understands that you build strong, tall, beautiful walls to keep people out who don't belong,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “People who get permission can enter the White House LEGALLY!”
The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation.
“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.
The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence in the coming year.