Shortly after Trump was sworn in and began giving his speech there was a group of military men that lined up in formation behind him. They stood there for a short time before walking back.

What were they doing? Was this a scheduled part of the ceremony, or was it some mixup?

  • I literally just watched that less than a minute ago (recorded video) and thought the exact same thing.
    – acpilot
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 17:50
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    You can't tell on the video, but it was starting to rain, so I imagine it had something to do with that. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 18:22

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They were delivering umbrellas. It began to rain before Trump was sworn in. It worsened as the event continued. In the image, you can see one of them coming down the stairs with an umbrella in each hand.

Picture of Trump showing man in background

Video can be seen here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/trump-inaugural-address/index.html

  • There was one officer that came down with an umbrella, and it can't bee seen if he left with it because the camera cut to Former President Obama. The Question may be reffering to the gathering of officers after he went back upstairs. With the assortment of the branches represented, that may have been the Presidents Football team. Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 17:35

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