Secret Service wants $8M for fake White House

Secret Service Wants $8M For Fake White House
Secret Service Wants $8M For Fake White House

U.S. Secret Service director Joseph P. Clancy plans to ask for $8 million to build a White House replica in Beltsville, Maryland.

The New York Times reports that the imposter White House will be used to better protect the real one. Just six months ago an armed man jumped the White House fenceand broke into the East Room.

In January a small drone crashed onto the grounds. Officials confirmed it was being operated by a government employee for recreational purposes and that he lost control of it.

Earlier this month two men were arrested after breaching security and triggering brief lockdowns at the presidential residence.

And the Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating two Secret Service agents who allegedly got drunk and drove into a security barrier.

Clancy told the Times the law enforcement agency trains on 500 acres in Beltsville where it uses "a rudimentary, not-to-scale simulation of the north grounds" but the proposed replica would provide what he calls a "more realistic environment, conductive to scenario-based training exercises."

A panel of security experts advised the agency to look deeper into the security problems by also spending more time training.

According to The New York Times report, it's still unclear if the structure will be a full scale replica because the design has not been completed.

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