During the 2-hour National Geographic special that will air on Sunday night, Secret Service agent Audrey Gibson talks about the difficulties her team had to go through to foil an murder attempt on President Donald Trump during his visit of the Philippines. You will be able to watch the story on Sunday night during the special called United States Secret Service: On the Front Line. The special gives viewers an in-depth approach to the inner activities of the Secret Service and all the things agents have to do in order to protect President Trump.
Agent Gibson told reporters a few important details about the operation that saved the President’s life in the Philippines. Gibson said that the terror threat level reached its critical point days before the President arrived to the island. ISIS threatened to wait and ambush the President during his visit, and those video threats are not the nicest thing you will see these days.
One of the ISIS “soldiers” blew the cover and posted a red flag on social media. The tweet also featured a picture of Lee Harvey Oswald. “Gonna be in Manila the same time as Trump… I’ll take one for the team lads,” the caption read.
Reports confirm that the PID agents tracked the IP address of the Twitter user, and discovered his location in downtown Manila, just minutes from our President’s hotel.
“With social media, there’s software that can scroll through all of [the threats] at a much faster rate than any human can do it, so in some regards it makes it easier. But 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,” the agent confirmed.
“With technology, that was one of the things that was a blessing for us, because we were able to know that he was moving close to us, where he was, and track him. That was a huge piece of stopping the threat.