The president’s bodyguards determined that there was a credible assassination attempt during US President Donald Trump’s 2017 visit to the Philippines, according to a National Geographic documentary.
The revelation comes from a National Geographic documentary aired Sunday.
According to the film, days before the ASEAN summit, Manila escalated to “critical threat level,” due to threats attributed to Daesh terrorists. The videos published by Daesh urged solitary “lone wolf” attackers to “lie in wait” and “ambush” the president while he was visiting the Philippines.
As Trump, reportedly codenamed ‘Mogul,’ prepared to depart to Manila, the Secret Service combed social media for indications of a possible assault, and they found one, in a form of a tweet.
“Gonna be in Manila the same time as Trump […] I’ll take one for the team lads,” the tweet read, accompanied with a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald, the notorious alleged killer of US President John F. Kennedy.
According to the NatGeo video, special software exists to shuffle through social media posts faster humans can.
“The bread and butter of what we do is the human element-and the people that work the mission-and that’s never going to change,” a US special agent told The Daily Beast.