Secret Service officers fired over White House security breach

Two U.S. Secret Service officers have reportedly been fired after an intruder was found roaming the White House grounds for more than 15 minutes last month.

NBC News reports that one of the officers had been posted near the Treasury building while another was tasked with monitoring East Executive Avenue.

Both were relative rookies with less than a year of experience in the job, according to CNN.

The incident occurred on March 10 when 26-year-old Jonathan Tran made his way onto the White House grounds by jumping over a fence.

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Spikes intended to discourage trespassers top the fence on the north side of the White House in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A secret service agent patrols in front of the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Security fencing is seen at the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A restricted area sign is seen outside of the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A restricted area sign is seen outside of the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
United States Secret Service personnel and government contractors begin work on the White House perimeter fence at the White House in Washington May 28, 2015. The black iron fence surrounding the White House will be topped with a row of sharp metal points (seen in between original fencing) in July, the U.S. Secret Service said, part of a series of security upgrades for the mansion where the president and his family live. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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A member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard in front of the North Lawn of the White House in Washington October 23, 2014. A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds after facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
Members of the U.S. Secret Service patrol in front of the North Lawn of the White House in Washington October 23, 2014. A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, was unarmed when he was arrested on the White House grounds after facing Secret Service dogs that stopped and attacked him, the Secret Service said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
U.S. Park Police stand along the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Ave. at a new layer of temporary fencing that appeared this week creating a wider buffer along the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT CRIME LAW)
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He was eventually arrested near the South Portico entrance and was found to have a backpack containing two cans of Mace and a letter to President Trump, among other items.

President Donald Trump was inside at the time and notified of the intrusion, but never in serious danger.

Tran has since been released from jail but is being tracked with a monitoring device until his case moves forward, notes UPI.

"We do not comment on personnel actions. However, all Secret Service personnel are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct," the Secret Service said in a statement about the firings.

There has been speculation that more agency staff could be dismissed over the incident.

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