Intruder with backpack arrested after entering White House grounds

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Intruder with backpack arrested after entering White House grounds

People intruding on White House property, only to be quickly arrested, is a bit of thing.

Less than two months after taking office and President Donald Trump is already dealing with his first White House intruder.

In May of previous year, a man named Jesse Olivieri from Pennsylvania brandished a gun at a White House security check point and was shot and injured by the Secret Service before being arrested.

He addressed the incident to a group of reporters Saturday, saying he appreciated the Secret Service's efforts.

The intruder's backpack was searched and screened, and no hazardous material was found, according the statement.

The south and north grounds of the White House complex were then searched by Secret Service officers who found nothing of concern to security operations.

Jesse Olivieri, 31, from Pennsylvania, turned up at the White House security checkpoint holding a handgun and telling guards he was there "to shoot people". That incident contributed to the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. "I appreciate it", he said.

Mr Trump was told about the situation and remained in Washington last night.

An earlier report by CNN identified the suspect as a male with a California driver's licence.

That prompted the resignation of Secret Service director Julia Pierson and a series of recommendations to tighten security.

The Secret Service enhanced security around the White House after three incidents occurred in September 2014. He had stashed a small arsenal of weapons in his auto less than one mile away from the White House.

Attempts to reach King on Saturday were unsuccessful.

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