A double-glazed windows at the White House that have been designed to stop incoming bullets is not designed for “the casual shooter,” according to a U.S. law enforcement official who reviewed the design.
“You don’t have a double-glass window,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The new windows, which were installed in late November, have “no real-world use, other than for law enforcement,” the official said.
“If you’re looking for a ‘safe’ space, this is not it.”
The double-glassey windows, designed to keep incoming bullets out of the White Houses protective walls, are on the White house grounds in Washington.
They are part of a plan to improve safety at the complex, where the president and his family have lived since they were inaugurated in January.
The two-story windows were designed by the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Bacon to prevent bullets from entering the White houses protective walls.
“The White House is designed to be bulletproof,” said Scott Sauer, executive director of the Association of U.K. Architects, who helped design the windows. “You don�t have a window where you could be in danger, but you can put a bullet in.”
Sauer, who said he is not a political appointee, also said that the windows do not protect the president or his family from being shot by people who don’t live in the complex.
The White house has more than 200 double-walled windows, including those at the State House, which overlooks the Capitol and the White Capitol Rotunda.
“We have to be very careful about this,” he said.
But many of the shots that have occurred outside the complex have been fatal.
In May, a man was shot and killed inside the White Senate office building, which is in the center of the complex with more than 600 windows.
In June, a gunman opened fire on the home of the vice president in an apartment complex on Pennsylvania Avenue, killing him.
A spokeswoman for the WhiteHouse.gov website did not respond to requests for comment.
The president has been criticized for his handling of the shooting of an unarmed Black man, Philando Castile, by a white police officer in Minnesota in July.
The shooting, which was captured on video, sparked nationwide protests, with demonstrators calling for the president to resign and calling for an independent prosecutor to investigate the shooting.
The shooting, the second fatal shooting by a police officer this year, spurred calls for changes in how the Whitehouse is policed.
Trump has said he does not believe the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, should face any consequences.