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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Harry Truman and the Secret Service

From Harry S Truman National Historic Site:

Harry Truman sometimes bristled at the restrictions the Secret Service imposed upon him. At the same time, he understood the need for security after he was the target of a serious assassination attempt in 1950. In the aftermath, much attention was drawn to the fact that neither the Secret Service – nor any other law enforcement agency – was legally empowered to protect the president. At long last, Congress was moved to act. On July 16, 1951, Truman himself signed the bill authorizing the Secret Service to protect the president. “Well,” the president said, “it is wonderful to know that the work of protecting me has at last become legal.” 



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