Obama may oppose Trump’s proposal for a fence along the border to keep out millions of illegal immigrants—many of them, as Trump has pointed out, criminals—but when it comes to the White House the president is all for a fence.
On Wednesday, the Secret Service announced it plans to add five feet to the fence surrounding the White House and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers.
“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said.
“(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” Daugherty added.
The existing fence at the White House has spikes to deter climbers.
The agency and the National Park Service plan to use tax money to begin construction on the new fence in 2018, according to an NBC News Washington report.
The fence proposal will be officially announced on May 5 at a meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission, which must first approve any changes.