This wasn’t a good week for the image of the United States Secret Service.
Friday, the Secret Service revealed that a trespasser who entered the White House grounds March 10 was on the the property for 16 minutes before being caught.
The trespasser, identified as Jonathan T. Tran, entered the property by hopping over the fence. He remained on the property until Secret Service agents apprehended him.
Tran reportedly had mace in his possession upon his detainment.
Secret Service Director William Callahan received a letter from the House Committee on Oversight on Government Reform, chaired by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah’s third Congressional district, outlining the concerns the committee had about the incident.
“The time on the White House grounds really concerns me. With the President in the White House, the intruder was evidently able to hide behind a pillar and get to a door undetected,” Chaffetz wrote in the letter.
“The problem has persisted for years and is totally unacceptable,” Chaffetz said of intruders who have been undetected for several minutes after jumping the fence. “It scares me.”
Chaffetz also expressed his concerns regarding “potentially troubling allegations about security protocols pertaining to the incident.”
A former Secret Service agent told Fox News the recurring failures of the agency’s current management beg the question of the president’s safety in the White House.
“The Secret Service cannot even keep one person off the grounds. What will they do if 40 terrorists charge the White House?” said former agent Dan Bongino.
The Tran incident wasn’t the only blemish on the agency’s reputation this week.
The other incident involved a Secret Service agent who had one of his computers stolen during operations in Brooklyn, N.Y.
NBC News reported that the computer did not contain any classified information and has “multiple layers of security including full disk encryption,” according to a Secret Service statement. The device also wipes itself clean after multiple unsuccessful log-in attempts.
“An investigation is ongoing and the Secret Service is withholding additional comment until the facts are gathered,” the agency said.