May 26, 2022

Pentagon approves 700 National Guard troops for US Capitol

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved 700 National Guard members to work with U.S. Capitol Police to protect the Capitol area over concerns of a reported truck convoy headed to Washington.

The National Guard shared the news in a press statement on Wednesday.

“The people who live, work and visit the District are part of our community, and their safety is our first mission priority,” said Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, DCNG commanding general, in the statement.

“Our MPD and USCP partners have asked for our help in ensuring people can demonstrate peacefully and safely, and we stand ready to assist,” she added.

The news comes as thousands of trucks are expected to arrive in D.C. over the weekend and leading to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech on Mar. 1.

The new move will not be popular among many Americans but is seen as a necessary precaution for the president’s speech. Furthermore, it will raise questions about why the National Guard wasn’t preemptively activated ahead of January 6th’s confirmation vote.

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