White House Gets Taller, Tougher Fence to Stop Intruders

By Dora Mekouar | VOA News |

A Czech special police officer, with a protective mask, checks the temperature of a driver during sanitary checks at the border crossing between Germany and Czech Republic, near the German village of Furth and the Czech village Nova Kubice in a measure to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus, on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

President Donald Trump is finally getting a bigger, stronger barrier, but it’s not along the southern border with Mexico.

The White House fence is in the process of being replaced under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service. The move comes after a series of security breaches over the years, including a 2014 incident when a Texas man scaled the fence and made it into the White House before being stopped.

These days, a temporary white barrier shields tourists’ iconic view of the White House thanks to the ongoing installation of a new fence.

The first part of the replacement barrier is already up. At 13 feet tall, it’s almost double the current 6-feet 6-inch tall fence. The posts are thicker and stronger, and incorporate anti-climb and anti-intrusion technology.

“Almost doubling the size of the fence and give it some kind of blast and ram protection. So everything, all the pieces, had to be beefed up,” says Thomas Luebke, secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, which advised the Secret Service and Park Service on the aesthetics of the fence design.

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