Pentagon Authorizes Up To 15,000 National Guard Troops for Biden Inauguration A view is seen of one of the breached entrances to the US Capitol building after last week's takeover by a pro-Trump protesters on Jan. 11, 2021, in Washington, DC.( Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)
By Solange Reyner | Monday, 11 January 2021 08:21 PM
The Pentagon has authorized the National Guard to deploy up to 15,000 troops to Washington, D.C., ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said Monday.
The move comes as the FBI warned of armed protests being planned for Washington and all 50 U.S. state capitals in the run-up to the inauguration.
“We have received support requests from the @SecretService, Capitol Police, & Park Police, & have been authorized to provide up to 15,000 National Guard members to meet current & future inauguration support requirements,” Hokanson tweeted.
Additionally, tourists are barred from visiting the Washington Monument until Jan. 24. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also urged Americans to avoid the city during the inauguration. Hokanson told reporters he expected about 10,000 troops in Washington by Saturday to help provide security, logistics and communications.
“Right now, we have approximately 6,200 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 6 states and the District of Columbia on the ground in the NCR [National Capital Region] supporting civilian authorities,” he said in a statement.