The Secret Service is looking into a Washington Examiner report published Tuesday that an armed man who was “acting unprofessionally” was allowed onto an elevator with President Barack Obama.
“We’re checking into it,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in an email to Business Insider.
According to the Examiner, the alleged incident occurred when Obama visited the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 16. The Examiner’s report said a CDC security guard “alarmed” Secret Service agents after he boarded an elevator with Obama and began taking pictures of the president.
When agents attempted to question the man, the Examiner reported CDC officials told him his “behaviour was highly irresponsible” and ordered him to turn over a gun he was carrying. Normally, only sworn law enforcement officers are allowed to be armed at a location where the president is visiting. The man in question was reportedly contract security personnel.
This report comes on the heels of two other major security lapses involving the president and his Secret service detail. On Monday, the Washington Post reported an intruder who jumped over a fence and entered the White House on Sept. 19 made it much further into the building than was previously known. On Sunday, the Washington Post published a story detailing a situation in 2011 where Secret Service agents were unaware a gunman had hit the White House with bullets until four days after the incident occurred.
Due to these reports Congress is currently holding hearings investigating the Secret Service.
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