The US Secret Service is reported to have foiled an assassination attempt on President Donald Trump during his 2017 visit to the Philippines. Whether the threat to Trump’s life was serious or not, he isn’t the only US President to evade an assassin’s putative bullet – some have come far closer to death than he, in much less publicized cases.
Days before the conference, Manila raised its national terror threat level to “critical” due to the circulation of Daesh* videos which urged “lone wolf” attackers to “ambush” the US leader during his visit. One social media user seemed to take up the challenge, tweeting that they were “gonna be in Manila the same time as Trump,” and pledging to “take one for the team”, along with a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of US President John F. Kennedy.
The Secret Service traced the owner’s computer to a location mere kilometers away from the hotel where the President was due to stay. With the assistance of the Manila police, the Service swept the area and apprehended the suspect.
Would-be Presidential assassins are almost exclusively male — but two women separately attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford within weeks of each other in 1975.
Lynette Fromme was an adherent of Charles Manson and a member of his ‘Family’. When Manson and some of his followers were arrested for the notorious Sharon Tate and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca murders in 1969, she and the remaining Family camped…