After many accusations claiming that the US Secret Service is not capable of providing adequate protection to the White House, they are now requesting permission to spend $8 million on building a replica of the White House in Beltsville, Maryland.
Joseph P. Clancy, the director of the Secret Service, prepared a testimony which he presented on Tuesday to the House Appropriations Committee, persuading lawmakers to give them the funds to build a second White House. They plan to use the replica to better train officers and agents on how to protect the real one. Beltsville, which is about 20 miles from the real White House, is currently the site of a Secret Service training ground, with over 500 acres of land.
Currently, the Secret Service use a simulation of the north grounds of the White House, which is not to scale and has bicycle barricades instead of fences. Their simulation lacks structures, lighting, vehicles and other aids that could greatly help in the training of officers.
The replica that the Secret Service are proposing would provide them with a much more realistic environment. They would create it so that it would mimic the facade of the White House residence, including the East and West wings and the guard booths, as well as the surrounding grounds and the roads around the White House. The design for the replica has not yet been completed, so it is unknown whether it plans on replicating all sides of the White House.