The Biden administration said Tuesday that it will “very closely” monitor an uptick in attempted swattings of government officials after someone called in a false report of a fire at the White House on Monday.
The White House had previously not commented on the incident, which led to a number of Washington, D.C., EMS and fire services being deployed to the scene before the call was determined to be a false alarm. Instead, officials had directed inquiries back to the Secret Service and district government offices.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre fielded two questions on the topic during Tuesday’s press briefing, which was conducted via conference call due to the winter storm that blanketed Washington with snow on Monday and Tuesday.
The press secretary initially declined to comment, but when pressed on whether the new trend posed a “risk or danger” to society, she responded affirmatively.