Is the President Secure in the White House?

By Aaron Klein, 3-11-17, at Breitbart:

A former Secret Service agent who served in the security details of both Presidents Bush and Obama warned on Saturday that President Donald Trump “is not secure in the White House right now as it stands.”

Dan Bongino, who was also an instructor at the Secret Service training academy, was commenting on Friday night’s reported breach of the White House complex, at least the seventh such incident in recent years.

Bongino stated: “If one guy with a backpack and Omar Gonzales with a bad knee could get near the residence of the White House, can you tell me with a straight face that a forty-man tactical assault team with heavy weapons wouldn’t take that place down?”

Bongino was referring to a 2014 incident in which Gonzales penetrated the north portico doors of the White House, reportedly brandishing a three-and-a-half-inch folding knife in a back pocket.

“This is inexcusable,” Bongino said of the latest incident. “How many of these are we, as the citizenry, going to tolerate, whether under Barack Obama or now President Trump, before there is enough citizen outrage that the Secret Service actually does something?”

“The secret service is not ready right now to defend the White House,” he charged. “They’re not. I know that may make people uncomfortable. And frankly, Aaron, I am really getting tired of some of the talking heads on cable news who have never done one minute in the shoes a secret service agent.”

“They have no idea what the security plan of the White House actually looks like on the ground. They’re all sitting here brushing it under the rug, going, ‘Oh no.’ ‘They were prepared.’ ‘This was a manageable incident.’ ‘This was how it was supposed to work.’ You really believe this is how it was supposed to work?”

Regarding Friday night’s breach, Bongino warned, “Do you think that what happened today is not being beamed into every terrorists’ head, going, ‘Look at this fellows.’ I am sounding the alarm hoping and praying with fingers crossed that somebody wakes up and finally does what needs to be done.”

Bongino outlined what he says are three major problems facing the Secret Service and the White House security plan.

Problem number one, according to Bongino, involves staffing:

They have had a brain drain of catastrophic portions in the Secret Service. They lost some of the best agents. If this wasn’t a public radio show that people could hear, I could tell you the names of ten or twenty top-notch, tier one guys who left the president’s detail just in the last 5 years who I still communicate with… They have had an even worse brain drain in the uniformed division side. They are responsible for the perimeter of the White House.

…You can’t run a security agency without security officers who know what they’re doing. You just can’t.

Problem number two, Bongino contended, is a lack of political will to address the purported security flaws:

The management of the Secret Service right now is grossly unprepared for the evolving threats. Grossly. They say they are, but they have no political will because a lot of them are out there – not all – but a lot are looking for their next consulting job. They are just praying that nothing happens on their next watch. They don’t want to be the ones to go on Capitol Hill to say this whole security plan around the White House needs to be fixed.

And problem number three involves the actual security plan, he says:

They are way too concerned right now, the management, with the optics of White House security. That we can’t make this look like an armed camp. The prior staff didn’t like that. There other entities around the White House that want to preserve the historic look of it. But do you want a secure White House grounds or do you want it to look pretty?

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The look on Dan’s face is priceless.

After a breach of this nature, the Secret Service is always quick to take full responsibility and apologize, but that doesn’t save lives.

Dan also said, “They need to fix the fence. Reinforce the manpower on the north and the south grounds. Add special weapons teams. Get the best technology in there right now. Clearly the technology sensors and cameras are not working as planned. Get them in there yesterday. There’s no other solution.”

During O’s reign they raised the height of the fence, but didn’t do any other upgrades. Perhaps in addition to Dan’s suggestions, they need to upgrade the management within the Secret Service.  We should have people in there that are truly concerned about security instead of guys who are simply biding their time. It sounds like Trump has yet another swamp to drain.

~Kathy



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6 replies

  1. I absolutely don’t think that he’s safe – not with the actions we’re seeing by the left. They’re becoming more and more dangerous and destructive by the day and they’re also inciting anger and hate against Trump in everything they do and say. I’d say that he is in danger – real danger – of being assassinated. More so than any president in my memory.

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    • Breaches like this are taken too lightly and afterwards deemed to be a manageable incident, but what if the next time it’s not manageable? Trotting out a spokesman with an apology is unacceptable when it could have been prevented.

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  2. When you think about the increasingly violent tendencies of the Left and they’re open hostility to Trump and rejection of the rule of law, it should be clear that Trump and WH staffers are in as much danger as any administration has ever been. No doubt the leftwing media will make a big story out of it if the Trump administration ramps up security but so be it. If they want Trump to survive this presidency they’d better get on the ball.

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    • The Secret Service has gotten lazy and sloppy. Whoever’s job it was to guard that area should be fired, but just like in many other departments, there is no accountability.

      With the left’s increase in hostility and considering the influence it could have on borderline nutjobs out there, common sense says beef up security immediately.

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  3. What I find truly disturbing is that POTUS has a less responsive protective net than many of our military commanders. If some SOB, carrying a backpack containing who knows what, jumps the fence, in the middle of the night, at a secure military facility, he draws his last breath before getting anywhere near the front door.
    Response to such breaches should automatically default to use of deadly force. Neither Gonzales nor this yahoo should have been able to get so close. They both should have been cut down immediately as soon as they headed across the lawn. Shoot first, ask questions later.
    Now, some bleeding hearts will bellow that both men are mentally disturbed, and did not intend any real harm. Such considerations should not matter when protecting our nation’s leader. I submit that suicide bombers are also mentally disturbed, and their intentions are seldom clear until the detonation..

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    • Ditto that, Salty. The mere act of jumping the fence shows intent and said person should have been stopped there. What a person had planned after that should remain a mystery he can’t explain…ever.

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