Donald Trump the Republican presidential front-runner seized on the news that the White House would be raising the height of the fence surrounding the 18 acre complex to promote his plan to build a wall along the United States southern border with Mexico.
President Obama understands that you build strong tall beautiful walls to keep people out who dont belong. People who get permission can enter the White House LEGALLY! Tweeted Trump.
U.S. House and Senate leaders were briefed by the Secret Service on the possible fence changes in mid-April.
While the agency said it intends to begin building a taller stronger" fence to protect the grounds by 2018 the statement did not say how much the new fence would cost.
The proposed new design for a more substantial fence that is 11 feet 7 inches tall represents an increase of more than 5 feet from the current 6-foot-tall fence and would incorporate anti-climb features and intrusion detection technology a Secret Service spokeswoman said.
It would also include 1¾-inch pickets and taller gates of entry to enter the grounds. Small spikes which officials call pencil points" were added to the current fence in 2015 after a series of jumpers leapt the fence on to White House grounds.
Most notably in 2014 a man hopped the north fence and sprinted past the White Houses north portico doors before actually walking into the building where he was stopped.
Earlier this month a man was arrested after he jumped the north fence of the White House and on Tuesday a male suspect was taken into custody when he jumped a fence at the Eisenhower Executive Office building that is next door to the White House.