White House break in: Intruder with backpack arrested after scaling fence to Donald Trump's home

Francesca Gillett
The White House in Washington: Getty Images

An intruder carrying a backpack has been arrested after breaking into the grounds of the White House.

The suspect was spotted climbing a fence and gaining entry into the grounds of Donald Trump’s presidential residence just before midnight on Friday.

A secret service agent spotted the suspect near the south entrance of the building while the President was inisde.

The US leader said on Saturday the secret service did a "fantastic job" and said he was told about the security breach on Friday night.

Officials said the suspect, who was not identified, was arrested and held by police following the break in at 11.38pm local time.

A SUV is parked outside the south entrance of the White House following the incident. (AFP/Getty Images)

The intruder's identity and motives are not yet known.

On Saturday the US Secret Service said they have since learnt the man had not been carrying any hazardous materials.

Trump: It is thought the President was inside at the time. (AP)

A search of the south and north grounds of the White House complex also found "nothing of concern to security operations".

Donald Trump's Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the incident.

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