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Secret Service Wants $8 Million White House Replica for Training

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In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington after an unmanned aerial drone was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night. Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington after an unmanned aerial drone was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

(Politico) – The Secret Service has had some trouble protecting the White House lately. Its solution? Build another one.

In an effort to help train officers, the Secret Service wants to build an $8 million replica of the White House in Beltsville, Maryland, The New York Times reports Tuesday.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pitched the idea to the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

“We feel that’s important. Right now we train on a parking lot basically,” Clancy said. “We put up a makeshift fence and walk off the distance between the fence to the White House and the actual house itself.”

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