ARMED UP: What the Secret Service Were Doing to Protect Trump During Inauguration

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Security was at it’s highest on inauguration day, but some of the myths as to how far the secret service went might sound a little absurd. This one theory especially. 

Social media is awash with claims one of the Secret Service agents protecting President Donald Trump had prosthetic arms, with his real hands on the trigger of a gun under his coat.

The theory stems from analysis of video footage as President Trump, his wife Melania and son Barron went on an informal walkabout down Pennsylvania Avenue after Friday’s inauguration.

The Trumps were surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards in the standard-issue trenchcoats.

But one of the agents came in for particular scrutiny because his arms did not appear to move and his hands remained in the same position for several long minutes.

The theory that he was holding a gun under his coat was only dispelled when video emerged of him apparently moving his arms and using his hands.

On Friday there was high security as the presidential entourage of limousines traveled for more than two miles down towards the White House, occasionally getting out to greet the crowd.

The last President to be assassinated was John F Kennedy, in Dallas, in 1963 but Trump has polarized opinion in America on a scale never seen before and the Secret Service is clearly jittery about his security.

In March 1981, only two months after his inauguration, President Ronald Reagan escaped an assassination attempt in Washington.

White House Press Secretary James Brady was left paralyzed by a bullet from would-be assassin John Hinckley, who was released from a psychiatric hospital last year.

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