(NBC) – A man scaled the fence along the southern side of the White House before midnight Friday — the first such breach reported during Donald Trump’s presidency, the Secret Service said.
Trump would have been at the White House at the time, according to his schedule, but the intruder didn’t manage to get far.
Secret Service officers arrested him on the south grounds without incident. The man, who was not immediately identified, had been carrying a backpack, but there were no hazardous materials found inside of it, officials said.
The man claimed he had an appointment with the president, according to an official with firsthand knowledge of the incident, but there was no such arranged meeting. Trump had been briefed on the matter.
“The Service did a fantastic job. It was a troubled person. It was very sad,” Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon amid a meeting with members of his Cabinet.
Officers, meanwhile, had swept the south and north grounds of the White House, but “nothing of concern to security operations was found,” the Secret Service said in a statement.