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    White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the White House had full confidence in the US Secret Service, despite the incident with a crashed drone on the grounds of the White House.

    A recreational drone that landed on the White House South Lawn is seen in this US Secret Service handout image
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    WASHINGTON, January 29 (Sputnik) — The White House has not lost confidence in the US Secret Service despite a recent incident involving a recreational drone landing on its lawn, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz has said.

    "Obviously, the safety and security of the White House grounds is one of the missions of the United States Secret Service, we have full confidence in them to accomplish that," Schultz told journalists during a Wednesday press briefing.

    Schultz added that the unmanned aerial vehicle technology is "not new to the Secret Service" and that they are constantly reviewing threats from emerging technologies.

    A crashed drone was found on the grounds of the White House in the early hours of Monday morning. The US Secret Service launched an investigation into the incident on the same day.

    Later it was discovered that the drone was operated by an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency who was drinking at his apartment and lost control of the unmanned aerial vehicle.

    The US Secret Service has recently come under scrutiny after a string of high-profile security lapses last year, including allowing a private security guard with a weapon and a criminal history board an elevator with US President Barack Obama and a man jumping a White House fence and getting into the East Room.

    The blunders led to former Secret Service director Julia Pierson's resignation in October 2014 and several Secret Service executives" dismissal in January 2015.


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