Obama’s African safari canceled after plans are revealed to include a military SNIPER team ‘to take out lions and cheetahs if they threaten first couple’

sniperPresident and Mrs. Obama are planning a trip to sub-Saharan Africa later in the month, but the White House has scotched a plan to include a Tanzanian safari on the agenda after a reporter revealed that a team of snipers with high-powered military assault rifles would accompany him in the wild.

The Washington Post reported Thursday afternoon that the itinerary’s dangers ‘would have required the president’s special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat.’

The newspaper based its report on a confidential planning document leaked from someone in the administration.

‘But the White House canceled the safari Wednesday,’ the report continued, ‘after inquiries from The Post about the trip’s purpose and expense, according to a person familiar with the decision.’

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