Tuesday 27th June, 2017
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WASHINGTON, U.S. - The Secret Service had a field day on Saturday, days after the White House security came into question. 

First, an unidentified person attempted and failed at jumping over the White House fence, then a man driving a vehicle reached the White House checkpoint and claimed he had a bomb.

Both the incidents came merely a week after a more serious incident when an intruder scaled a White House fence and was reportedly on the ground for 16 minutes before being arrested. 

All the incidents have further intensified pressure on the already busy Secret Service and has questioned the security arrangements at the White House. 

In the first incident on Saturday the man jumped over a bike rack, landing in a buffer zone between the main White House fence and the pavement.

According to reports, two Secret Service agents tackled the person.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed on Twitter that the person was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds.

A law enforcement official told the local media that the man did not have a weapon, and was carrying a document he wanted to deliver to the White House.

Then, in a second scare the same day, a driver of a vehicle was arrested, after he drove up to a White House checkpoint.

While a report in CNN, citing two law enforcement sources, stated that the driver had claimed to have a bomb - the Secret Service said the unidentified driver was taken into custody after the suspicious vehicle approached a checkpoint.

They did not make any mention of any claims of an explosive device.

A statement said, "On March 18, 2017 at approximately 11:05 pm, an individual drove a vehicle up to a Secret Service checkpoint located at 15th Street and E Street NW. Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious."

Adding, “In accordance with proper protocols, Secret Service personnel increased their posture of readiness."

The Secret Service have however not elaborated on why the vehicle was considered "suspicious."

However, following the incident, several streets around the White House were closed and security at the White House was upgraded.

On Saturday, Donald Trump and his family were at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

In recent years, the White House has witnessed a string of high-profile trespassing incidents.

The most infamous one occurred in 2014, when Barack Obama was president.

An army veteran described as mentally disturbed reportedly made it into the White House grounds, ran across the lawn and entered the building with a knife in his pocket. He was later tackled and arrested.

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