After causing controversy for allegedly fleeing to a White House bunker as protests raged outside, President Trump has attempted to explain his actions in bizarre fashion. In a radio interview on Wednesday, Trump tried to spin the bunker visit as being part of a quick “inspection” of the space, rather than a flight for his own safety.

“They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you're going to need it,” Trump said. “I was there for a tiny, short little period of time.”

Anonymous sources close to the matter painted a much different picture to CNN. The sources said Trump “rushed” to the bunker and remained there for an hour. Another source claimed that first lady Melania Trump and the couple's young son Barron also went to the bunker, which would match White House protocol if safety condition is elevated to RED.

According to the New York Times, recent protests have caused the highest security level spikes at the White House since 9/11.

“The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in response to the allegations.

In response to these reports and concerns about looking weak, Trump made his now-infamous walk to a nearby church that required riot officers to clear away protestors with tear gas and other means. Despite posing for a photo with the Bible and claiming that his visit was received warmly, the church itself, St. John’s Church near Lafayette Square, insists that Trump's visit was disingenuous and that he neither prayed nor even entered the building.

US President Donald Trump denies reports that he was rushed into the White House bunker for his safety US President Donald Trump denies reports that he was rushed into the White House bunker for his safety Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski