White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defends Secret Service amid latest incident involving a man jumping the fence at the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) 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. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he had not spoken with President Obama about the latest incident but maintained that the Secret Services acted with professionalism. "These are individuals who literally at a moment's notice are prepared to spring into action to protect the White House, to protect the First Family, and to protect those of us who work here everyday," Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing. "There is obviously no margin for error. It is a task that they approach with seriousness and professionalism and again, because I'm speaking for myself, but I know it's a sentiment shared by the First Family, we're very appreciative of their efforts." The incident came about one month after an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence and entered the executive mansion, raising questions about security at the heavily guarded complex and spurring the resignation of Julia Pierson as Secret Service director. Officials charged Adesanya, 23, with two felony counts of assault on a K-9 police officer, one felony count of making threats and four misdemeanor counts of resisting and unlawful entry, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. K-9 refers to the team using specially trained dogs.