The secondary White House will potentially be built in Beltsville, Md. at a cost of $8 million, and will provide a training venue for officers and agents before they are sent to protect the real one. The director of the Secret Service, Joseph P. Clancy, is set to lay out his plans for the detailed replica White House before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, writes Michael D. Shear for the New York Times.
Fake White House to be used for training purposes
Clancy is appealing for funds to build the replica at a Secret Service training site in Beltsville, around 20 miles from the real White House. “The Secret Service currently uses a rudimentary, not-to-scale simulation of the north grounds of the White House, using bike barricades to act as the fencing,” Mr. Clancy will tell lawmakers. “There are no structures, vehicle gates, lighting or other aids to enhance the training simulations.”