Consolation wall? White House fence to double in size
At over 13 feet, the new fence will stand about twice as tall as the current one, and cost $64 million, the Secret Service told the AP. Aside from "wider and stronger pickets," the agency didn't share the details of the "state-of-the-art security features" that would be incorporated into the barrier, adding that construction will begin this summer and continue into 2021. After the White House itself is secured, the fences around the Treasury Department and Executive Office Building will be beefed up.Also on rt.com Trump stirs Irish hosts with ‘BORDER WALL’ comment on N. Ireland
White House security realized the need for a taller fence after multiple breaches during Barack Obama's presidency, including a 2014 incident in which a Texas man scaled the fence with a knife, crossed the north lawn, and made it inside the building before he was caught. Despite a spiky "anti-climb" barrier added after that incident, a man from California climbed it in 2017 anyway. Armed with a can of Mace, he prowled the residence grounds for a full 17 minutes before he was apprehended.
In addition to intruders, the White House has seen a spike in public suicides, with a man from Maryland setting himself on fire across the street from the building last month and an Alabama man shooting himself in the middle of a crowd near the north fence last year.
Twitter was almost relieved that the wall-obsessed president had finally gotten what he wanted, at least in some shape.
Others thought he was doing it wrong.
Though many remained upset that he had reportedly ordered US troops at the Mexican border to begin painting that fence earlier this week – both to "improve aesthetic appearance" and to absorb heat so that anyone trying to climb it would burn themselves.
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