May 24, 2022

Florida Gov. DeSantis denied National Guard request for State of the Union

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis denied a request for his state’s National Guard members to deploy to the U.S. Capitol to provide security at President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

The request was made last week to several state National Guards last week, with Florida choosing not to participate.

“Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union,” DeSantis said on Monday.

Biden’s address will be held Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In addition to troops, a fence has been placed around the Capitol building.

Some reports have expressed concern about a trucker freedom convoy similar to the one in Canada that would shut down the Capitol or cause safety issues in the area.

However, many believe the safety precautions are more theater than reality, as Biden has little of substance to share during his speech.

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