The White House periodically gets fence jumpers, despite who is sitting in the Oval Office, but most potential intruders aren’t as heavily armed as a man arrested Sunday morning on his way to the presidential mansion.
Secret Service officers were responding to a report of public urination when they questioned a man at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, half a block away from the White House in Washington, D.C., according to CNN.
The unidentified man told officers he was on his way to the White House to speak with Defense Secretary James Mattis and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. He mentioned something about missing paychecks and said he wanted them to tell him “how to get the chip out of my head.”
When the Secret Service searched his car, they found multiple handguns and what has been described as “AR- and AK-style rifles.” In addition to the nine firearms, they found gun silencers, lots of ammunition, brass knuckles, and knives.
His vehicle also sported license plates from the Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police. He was charged with weapons violations and taken into custody “for mental observation.”
On Monday, a White House trespasser from earlier this year learned his fate. In March, a 26-year-old man from Milpitas, California jumped the White House fence and made it all the way to a porch before being stopped. According to Fox News, he had two cans of mace in his backpack, along with a laptop computer, a book authored by Trump, and a letter to the president that mentioned Russian hackers.
Jonathan Tuan Tran claimed he was a friend of President Trump and had an appointment with him. Tran was later released under court-ordered monitoring. A judge gave him two years of probation on Monday after federal prosecutors described him as mentally ill, according to NBC News.
Please continue to pray for the safety of our president and the law enforcement officers sworn to protect him! In other news, NFL fans are retaliating after most of the football players at a game this weekend chose to protest during the singing of the National Anthem.