Secret service confirmed they were investigating the item and cleared the area
Secret service confirmed they were investigating the item and cleared the area, while roads near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were shut down.
They added: “USSS is investigating suspicious package; security perimeter established & members of the public & media are being moved to safe a distance
Meanwhile Staff and journalists inside the White House have been barricaded inside while the area is evacuated.
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Daily Caller White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins tweeted: “We are literally locked in the press briefing room at the White House.
“SS has evacuated North Lawn.”
A man has since been taken into custody after having a previous warrant out for his arrest.
And Secret Service have sent a bomb diffusion robot towards the package to asses the threat.
Seemingly unphased by events, President Trump tweeted an attack on the "failing" New York Times as Secret Service officials worked to secure the area.
Journalists were barricaded inside the press briefing room
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It comes after a series of attempts to breach the building’s security following the election of thye Republican Firebrand.
Jonathan Tran, 26, from Milpitas, California, scaled the White House fence and was on the grounds for 16 minutes before he was detained.
He told federal agents he was a friend of the President and had an appointment, according to court documents.
Weeks later Marci Anderson Wahl tried to sneak into President Donald Trump’s official residence last Tuesday.
Secret Service are patrolling the grounds
However she became “entangled in the security features affixed at the top” of the south fence, according to a statement from the US Secret Service.
Wahl was subsequently arrested for unlawful entry and was issued with a “stay away” order.
But on Sunday morning at around 7.15am GMT (2.15 am local time), Wahl decided to scale a different fence in a bid to get inside.
According to police, Wahl attempted to climb the south eastern corner of the White House’s Treasury building.
More to follow…