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Secret Service sent Trump to Bunker - Attorney General contradicts original story

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the US Secret Service recommended moving President Trump to the underground White House bunker during late May protests, contradicting the President’s earlier assertion that his visit to the bunker was for “inspection,” CNN reports.

Said Barr: “Things were so bad that the Secret Service recommended that the President go down to the bunker. We can’t have that in our country.”

Last week, Trump tried to explain his time in the bunker during clashes outside the residence on 29th May as an "inspection," rather than a retreat for his own safety. He told Fox News Radio's Brian Kilmeade he was only in the safe room for a "tiny" amount of time.

"I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection, there was no problem during the day," Trump said.

"They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe some time you're going to need it," Trump added. "I looked at it. It was during the day. It was not a problem ... There was never a problem."

Trump also told Kilmeade he'd been to the bunker "two and a half times," before, also to get a sense of the space rather than to protect himself from harm.

But last week, several people described a different scenario to CNN, saying Trump was rushed to the bunker for nearly an hour amid intense protests on 29th May.

A law enforcement source and another source familiar with the matter tell CNN that first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, were also taken to the bunker.

Source: CNN

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