Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House


In March, a man scaled a fence east of the White House at night and was on the property's grounds for 16 minutes before being detained.

It may become a bit more hard to snap a ideal selfie of yourself on the southern sidewalk near the White House. Former President Barack Obama had his fair share of fence-jumpers, too.

The Secret Service says the restrictions will not obstruct or hinder the public's ability to view or photograph the White House and its grounds.

A higher fence has also been approved for the White House, she told WTOP News.

There's a plan for a significantly taller fence with "pencil point" anti-climb fixtures, but construction isn't slated to start until next year. No additional physical barriers will be installed. "It's just a few feet further back".

On the map below, the upper arc represents the old fence line; the lower arc represents the new boundary for the public. Last week, the administration announced that it would no longer release visitor logs from the White House, Trump Tower, or the president's Mar-a-Lago resort-prompting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the watchdog group Public Citizen to question what Trump was trying to hide.

The incident prompted the firing of two uniformed officers on duty at the time of the late-night intrusion.

That incident prompted Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency, to resign. Her successor, Joseph Clancy, retired last month after being lauded for restoring stability to the service, while guiding the agency through an unusually demanding period, stretching from the USA visit of Pope Francis, the raucous campaign season and the Trump inauguration.

Milhoan said the area provides little area for officers to maneuver. "For us being the people, and this being our house, I think we should be able to get as close as possible", said Michelle Crawford, a tourist from Mississippi.