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Secret Service agents to pose as farmers at G-8 summit, The Sun reports

Published: Monday, June 17 2013 10:59 a.m. MDT

President Barack Obama waves as he walks from the White House in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2012. President Obama will be in Northern Ireland Monday and Tuesday for the G8 Summit.

Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

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British tabloid The Sun reports U.S. Secret Service agents will pose as farmers Monday and Tuesday at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland.

According to the paper, President Barack Obama's protectors bought a fleet of tractors to use during the two-day effort.

But the Northern Ireland residents say they won't be fooled.

“They reckon the vehicles will let them patrol the fields around the hotel unnoticed — but they’ll stick out like sore thumbs," one local told The Sun.

More than 200 agents will travel overseas, where they have special diplomatic immunity to shoot anyone considered a threat to Obama.

The president will also reportedly travel in a bomb-proof vehicle nicknamed "The Beast," which features 8-inch-thick armor plating on its doors and puncture-resistant tires.

Michael Smith is an intern in the news section of DeseretNews.com. A 2013 graduate of the University of Utah, he will be attending Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in the fall.

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