Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a jab at President Barack Obama after the Secret Service announced plans to replace the current fence around the White House with a taller one.
"President Obama understands that you build strong, tall, beautiful walls to keep people out who don't belong," Trump posted to Facebook April 28, along with a link to an article describing the expansion. "People who get permission can enter the White House LEGALLY!"
Unfortunately, Obama won't have much of a chance to reap the potential benefits of the added security, since construction on the wall will not start until 2018, the Secret Service said, according to NBC.
After several recent incidents in which people have jumped over the fence, the Secret Service decided to increase the height of the fence by five feet and to add a concrete foundation in order to make it more difficult for people to hop over the top onto the White House grounds.
"The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era," Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in a briefing to federal officials, according to NBC. "We've said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case."
After construction, the now six-foot fence will be 11 feet high and will be a "taller, stronger" barrier with "anti-climb" features like the small spikes that were added following the string of fence jumpers.
"[The current fence] is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances," Dougherty explained in the briefing. "And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres."
In the past, Obama has not held back in his criticisms of Trump, particularly his well-known plan to build a huge wall sealing off the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that his proposals are not serious ones and that they worry world leaders, notes Politico.
"[World leaders] don't expect half-baked notions coming out of the White House," Obama said, according to Politico. "We can't afford that."