If you did not catch the amount of soldiers present, the amount of fully ARMED TROOPS to be stationed in Washington D.C. for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration is projected at more than 20,000, according to local authorities.
“You can expect to see somewhere upwards of beyond 20,000 members of the National Guard that will be here in a footprint the District of Columbia,” said Acting Police Chief Robert J. Contee III.
Their previous plan was to have 15,000 troops securing the district - and that was whern there was supposed to be a million people celebrating as a free nation, not a quiet swearing in ceremony where the people are not invited.
Officials said 10,000 guardsmen — part-time soldiers who can be deployed overseas but who are often called upon to help with emergencies in their home states — are expected to be on duty in Washington by Friday. The rest will arrive soon afterward.
The D.C. The National Guard said in a statement: “At approximately 6 p.m. January 12, 2021, National Guard members will be supplied in support of the U.S. Capitol security. This was requested by federal officials and approved by the Secretary of the Army National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if required. The public’s safety is our top priority.”
They also commented about their resting area and the photos that have been circulating of armed troops in the Capitol.
“Photos have circulated this morning showing National Guard troops resting in the Capitol building. This area of the Capitol has been designated a rest area for National Guard members when they are on duty but between shifts. To be clear, this is not where they are lodging when off-duty. Being present is the first step in ensuring the safety of our citizens and our Nation’s Capitol. Our security personnel work in shifts and rest when they can as others stand watch,” says the statement.
The National Guard troops securing the U.S. Capitol are permitted to carry firearms, the Army announced Wednesday.
The staff was armed on Tuesday night in response to a request from federal authorities, D.C. National Guard said in a statement. The arming was approved by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.
“National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” the statement said. “The public’s safety is our top priority.”
Bowser told the public during a different event that they should not travel to Washington for Biden’s inauguration.
“Our goals right now are to encourage Americans to participate virtually and to protect the District of Columbia from a repeat of the violent insurrection experienced at the Capitol and its grounds on January the 6th,” she said.