A man, perhaps armed, was intercepted by the Secret Service as he headed towards US President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware, where the president was waiting to leave for Washington and then New York. The man, wearing a fluorescent yellow vest, reportedly had a gun in his holster and carried a sign accusing Biden of being a “criminal” with various references to the investigations into his son Hunter. “The Bidens are criminals, 20 shell companies?! Where’s the laptop?”, this is the writing on the poster.
The Secret Service: “The man posed no danger”
It is not clear whether the man was arrested but he was followed by the Secret Service and removed from the house. The Secret Service explained that “the man was demonstrating his constitutional rights and did not pose a danger.” No word on the gun.
It is not the first time that security flaws have allowed intruders to get close to US leaders. The most recent episode occurred last April, when a two-year-old boy became the youngest to sneak through the bars of the fence of the presidential residence in Washington. The peak came during the Barack Obama era when a man named Joseph Caputo jumped the fence while the president and his family were gathered for Thanksgiving dinner in 2015. The same year a “small drone” ‘landed’ on a White House tree around three in the morning when Obama and his wife Michelle were visiting India. The year before, in September, Omar Gonzalez, armed with a knife, managed to enter the corridors of the residence, reaching the East Room where he was blocked by an officer. The episode led to the resignation of Julia Pierson, the then number one in the US president’s elite security body, after only 18 months in office. But a month later yet another intruder, a 23-year-old boy, Dominic Adesanya, crossed the barriers on the north side before being stopped by two police dogs. During Donald Trump’s presidency only one episode is remembered, on March 10, 2017, when a man managed to enter the White House park and remain there for over 16 minutes before being arrested.