Joe Biden wants to bring down White House perimeter fence as soon as possible


Joe Biden wants to bring down White House perimeter fence as soon as possible as extra security precautions remain in place around Washington after MAGA riot

  • President Joe Biden would like the extra fencing erected around the White House for inauguration festivities to come down 
  • ‘Our goal … is for the Secret Service to adjust the perimeter as soon as it makes sense from an overall security standpoint,’ press secretary Jen Psaki said
  • Anti-climbing fencing was erected around White House perimeter ahead of Inauguration Day and after January 6th MAGA riot on Capitol Hill
  • Security remains tight in DC after riot
  • National Guardsmen patrol city, fencing still surrounds U.S. Capitol 

President Joe Biden would like the extra fencing erected around the White House for inauguration festivities to come down as soon as possible, the administration said Monday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris would like to see the seven-foot tall, anti-climbing fence come down when ‘it makes sense from an overall security standpoint.’ 

‘Our goal, the President and the Vice President’s goal is for the Secret Service to adjust the perimeter as soon as it makes sense from an overall security standpoint, so we’re working closely with them on that,’ she said. 

A white security barrier - installed ahead of Inauguration Day - is visible at the White House

A white security barrier – installed ahead of Inauguration Day – is visible at the White House

The extra anti-climbing fencing was put in place around the White House perimeter ahead of Inauguration Day and remains standing

The extra anti-climbing fencing was put in place around the White House perimeter ahead of Inauguration Day and remains standing

National Guards member walk along the fencing as snow falls at White House

National Guards member walk along the fencing as snow falls at White House

U.S. Secret Service police officer closes a gate of a security fence installed around the White House on January 9th, after the MAGA riot on Capitol Hill

U.S. Secret Service police officer closes a gate of a security fence installed around the White House on January 9th, after the MAGA riot on Capitol Hill

Typically, there is just a fence around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but, ahead of the January 20th swearing-in, extra fencing was put in place around a several block radius – from 17th street up to H St around Lafayette Park and down along 15th street. 

It was erected after a pro-Donald Trump mob raided Capitol Hill, rushing the building and interrupting the certification of the presidential election.

The Secret Service surrounded the White House complex with the metal fencing and it was originally thought it would be removed after the inauguration ceremony.

But, nearly two weeks later, it remains in place.  

There’s speculation that the fence has remained up because Harris is living at Blair House, across the street from the White House, while repairs are being done on the vice president’s residence. 

The vice president usually lives at the Naval Observatory, about three miles from the White House. While Harris is at Blair House, she and the president are living in close proximity to one another, literally across the street. 

National Guard service members also are patrolling around the White House complex and up the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue around Capitol Hill. 

The extra fencing is visible on 17th street as Joe Biden enters his second week in office

The extra fencing is visible on 17th street as Joe Biden enters his second week in office

Fencing and inauguration stands are visible in front of the White House as President Trump leaves on Marine One on January 20th, the day of the inauguration

Fencing and inauguration stands are visible in front of the White House as President Trump leaves on Marine One on January 20th, the day of the inauguration

The extra security could remain in place as Vice President Kamala Harris is living at Blair House, across the street from the White House, while repairs are done to VP residence

The extra security could remain in place as Vice President Kamala Harris is living at Blair House, across the street from the White House, while repairs are done to VP residence

Joe Biden and Jill Biden prepare to walk into the White House on Inauguration Day

Joe Biden and Jill Biden prepare to walk into the White House on Inauguration Day

National Guard members patrol the fencing near the White House

National Guard members patrol the fencing near the White House

Massive fencing remains in place on Capitol Hill in the wake the January 6th insurrection that left five people dead. It’s unclear when that fencing will come down. 

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman lat week called for the Capitol to have permanent fencing.

‘In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that the vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanent fencing, and the availability of ready, back-up forces in close proximity to the Capitol,’ Pittman said in a statement.

A seven-foot anti-climbing fence was erected around the Capitol the day after the MAGA riot. 



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