Article commenting is temporarily unavailable while we carry out essential upgrade work. There are at least a thousand, probably more, National Guard troops all over the Capitol Visitor Center, Emancipation Hall, and surrounding hallways. US Army soldiers with the New Jersey National Guard’s 508th Military Police Company form up for a security detail near the US Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Following the attack, the large troop presence continued to create controversy. There may be up to 25,000 total on President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day. Nearly 200 members of the National Guard deployed to the Capitol ahead of the inauguration tested positive for coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reports. The troops were screened before arriving, but not all of them were tested, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Troubled by images of National Guard members crowded together on the floor trying to rest or sleep in the nation's Capitol, two lawmakers sent a letter Thursday pleading with the Army to provide cots for the troops, Military.com reported. National Guard members outside the US Capitol in DC. Further Reading. Capitol tours had been shut down since the start of the pandemic in March, but were exclusively reopened for National Guard members on Saturday. National Guard authorised to use lethal force at Capitol as they prepare for potential inauguration protests. And Stars and Stripes reported that 500 New Jersey National Guard soldiers have deployed to the nation’s capital to join forces with guardsmen from other states, including New York and Virginia. The soldiers were seen touring throughout Capitol Hill, with some taking photos of the frescoes featured on the Rotunda dome. The Guardsmen aren’t the only ones who might be part of a superspreader event surrounding the riots. Law enforcement eventually cleared the Capitol after 5 p.m. and forced protesters to disperse. truck passes by, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (Ted S. Warren/AP) Jill Biden delivers cookies to National Guard members following parking garage backlash, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Nearly 200 National Guard troops deployed to Capitol have Covid, Jill Biden visits Capitol troops with cookies amid garage row, AOC offers National Guard her office to sleep, National Guard members removed over militia or ‘extremist’ ties, at least three lawmakers testing positive afterwards. National Guard soldiers and airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th presidential inauguration. In addition to the National Guard, members of D.C. police, the Secret Service, Capitol Police and state police agencies are also patrolling the area, Costello reported. "At approximately 6 p.m. January 12, 2021, National Guard members will be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol security," according to a D.C. National Guard statement. National Guard authorised to use lethal force at Capitol as they prepare for potential inauguration protests. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but are excited to bring you a host of new commenting features very soon. WASHINGTON — National Guard troops were deployed to D.C. from the District, Virginia and Maryland Wednesday as Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol building. “We feel incredibly betrayed,” one Guardsman said, according to Politico. Nearly 200 members of the National Guard deployed to the Capitol ahead of the inauguration tested positive for coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reports. House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Defense appropriations subcommittee member Rep. … Ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration, National Guard troops are in Washington, D.C., to provide security in the wake of riots in the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Virginia Gov. National Guard, who had been protecting the Capitol since riots two weeks ago, were pictured taking shelter in parking garages having been asked to leave Capitol grounds. : Devine, Chrissy Teigen slammed for 'tone deaf' inauguration tweet, 24 sweet Valentine's Day gift ideas for kids of all ages, 10 best women’s loungewear sets that are as cute as they are comfortable, 10 best lingerie brands of 2021 — and where to buy for Valentine's Day, Land your dream job in 2021 with these 10 apps that are now on sale, You can get Coach Outlet's surprise Valentine's Day collection for up to 65 percent off, Find out the jobs behind these expensive clothes, Aaron Rodgers' dating history: His ex-girlfriends and rumored flings. Once they were in Washington, photos of large groups of Guard personnel working and resting in close quarters, including in a chilly car park, sparked outrage from lawmakers and conflicting explanations from the Guard and the Capitol police. National Guard, who had been protecting the Capitol since riots two weeks ago, were pictured taking shelter in parking garages having been asked to leave Capitol grounds. “We need it fixed and we need answers on how it happened.”, Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Last Wednesday, federal law enforcement officers not only had to deal with a pro-Trump mob … Sitemap Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights Members of the National Guard walk through the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images. As lawmakers debated and voted on an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump , battle-ready National Guard troops were camped out amongst the artwork in the Capitol Rotunda, as well as … Hundreds of armed National Guard members were inside the halls of Congress amid reports of expected violence leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. All National Guard troops had been told to vacate the Capitol and nearby buildings on Thursday, although it was unclear why. They’ve gone from parking lot pariahs to honored guests. Trump rebuffed initial requests to deploy the National Guard to the Capitol. National Guard members supporting US Capitol security in Washington, DC, ahead of Inauguration Day will be armed, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday. Defense officials told The Journal that each of the Guardsmen were screened for Covid exposure before being deployed to the Capitol, but not all were tested. Once the reality of the assault on the U.S. Capitol became apparent, National Guard troops responded appropriately and with alacrity, DOD officials said in a phone briefing today. NBC reports the National Guard was called in to protect the Capitol after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building, leading to five deaths and dozens of injuries. The incident sparked outrage among some lawmakers, who condemned the move and even offered to find ways so the troops could stay in the Capitol building. 33,426, This story has been shared 29,492 times. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers offered up their offices as a place to sleep or snack. The National Guard was mobilized to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after pro-Trump rioters overran the building during the Electoral College vote count. Hundreds of National Guard troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Vice President Kamala Harris enjoyed a hearty laugh on the... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The riots exposed a shaky security response at the Capitol, and the Guard has been in the spotlight ever since. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. As lawmakers debated and voted on an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump , battle-ready National Guard troops were camped out amongst the artwork in the … Guard members resting in the Dirksen Senate Office Building were reportedly … Some guard members took photos of the frescoes of the Capitol Rotunda. Capitol tours had been shut down since the start of the pandemic in March, but were exclusively reopened for National Guard members on Saturday. Privacy Notice 29,492, This story has been shared 21,435 times. The directive was later reversed after outcry from lawmakers. The inauguration is designated as a “national special security event," which clears the way for communication, funding and preparation between multiple agencies in Washington, like the Capitol Police, Pentagon, Homeland Security and … The Pentagon has approved to deploy more than 15,000 additional National Guard troops in the national capitol. The Pentagon says about 1,100 D.C. National Guard members were mobilized to help … National Guardsmen enjoyed private, VIP tours of Washington, DC on Saturday, days after being crammed in a parking garage because they were kicked out of the Capitol building. Watch this space. Thousands of National Guard troops were forced to move to a Washington parking garage on Thursday after they were told not to take their rest breaks inside buildings on Capitol Hill, according to multiple news reports. “This is outrageous, shameful, and incredibly disrespectful to the men and women keeping the US Capitol safe and secure,” Senator Kyrsten Sinema said. Pro-Trump supporters clashed with police officers and National Guard troops on Wednesday, as the authorities worked to remove them from the Capitol. According to the National Guard Bureau press release, 200 soldiers from the Maryland National Guard were rapidly deployed to assist the DC National Guard and law enforcement. "At approximately 6 p.m. January 12, 2021, National Guard members will be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol security," according to a D.C. National Guard statement. WASHINGTON - Hundreds of National Guard troops were pictured sleeping on the floor of the U.S. Capitol, called in to help protect the area a week after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building in a deadly siege — leaving concerns for security in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.. As many napped on the cold marble … The backlash led the Guard to move their rest area back inside the Capitol, and the force offered a clashing explanation with Capitol police over who had initially ordered the troops to rest outside. "Help feed the National Guard Troops in D.C. protecting our Democracy. 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All Rights Reserved, COVID cases spike among first responders after Capitol riot, National Guard to keep 7,000 troops in DC until March, Jill Biden visits National Guard troops, thanks them with cookies, Nearly 200 National Guardsmen sent to DC contract COVID-19, Sen. Paul clashes with ABC News anchor over 2020 election results, Mike Pence fights back tears, thanks Trump in farewell speech, Clyburn says Bush called him 'the savior' for Biden endorsement, Biden put on a show of 'unity' — will he stick to it? The inauguration is designated as a “national special security event," which clears the way for communication, funding and preparation between multiple agencies in Washington, like the Capitol Police, … Nearly 200 members of the National Guard deployed to the Capitol ahead of the inauguration tested positive for coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reports. The National Guard said it originally moved troops out of the Capitol Rotunda and other spaces to garages at the behest of the Capitol Police. “Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Your California Privacy Rights January 23, 2021 | 11:50pm | Updated January 24, 2021 | 12:11am. Thousands of National Guard troops were forced to move to a Washington parking garage on Thursday after they were told not to take their rest breaks inside buildings on Capitol Hill, according to multiple news reports. National Guard troops defending the Capitol in the wake of last week's assault by Trump supporters have been briefed on the possibility that improvised explosive devices may be used in follow-on attacks, Politico reported Wednesday, citing two National Guard members. Troubled by images of National Guard members crowded together on the floor trying to rest or sleep in the nation's Capitol, two lawmakers sent a letter Thursday pleading with the Army to provide cots for the troops, Military.com reported. Many of the insurrectionists themselves weren’t wearing masks and were in close proximity, and the attack forced lawmakers to shelter together in tight quarters until the riot was over, with at least three lawmakers testing positive afterwards. The House and Senate were evacuated as rioters stormed the Capitol, and a woman was shot and killed during an attempt to access the House Chambers. Capitol tours had been shut down since the start of the pandemic in March, but were exclusively reopened for National Guard members on Saturday. Federal security officials removed 12 Guardsmen from the force in the Capitol for alleged ties to militia groups and extremist views ahead of the inauguration. The decision to mobilize the D.C. National Guard — by Secretary McCarthy and Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary — came as a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol earlier in the day. Claim: The Department of Defense initially denied a request by D.C. officials to deploy the National Guard at the U.S. Capitol as it was breached by a pro-Trump mob seeking to prevent the certification of the 20… In an interview with The Washington Post, Mayor Bowser said she “made it perfectly clear that they needed extraordinary help, including the … Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The guard members seen touring Capitol Hill. On Wednesday afternoon, Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund asked for help from the National Guard, a Washington official told The Washington Post, “An official from the [office of the] secretary of the Army said that wasn’t going to be possible.”. Members said they felt slighted after working tirelessly to protect the building in the lead-up to Inauguration Day. House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Defense appropriations subcommittee member Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., asked Army … Members of the National Guard take a rest in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on 13 January 2021. Hundreds of National Guard troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia National Guard was on hand at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as the House moved forward with hearings on impeaching President Donald Trump. Thanks for contacting us. This story has been shared 33,426 times. The directive was later reversed after outcry from lawmakers. Members of the Washington National Guard stand along a perimeter fence as an Olympia Fire Dept. (CNN) National Guard members supporting US Capitol security in Washington, DC, ahead of Inauguration Day will be armed, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday. 21,435, © 2021 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says National Guard troops along with other federal protective services were deployed to the Capitol to help end a violent occupation by President Donald Trump's supporters who are seeking to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election. The soldiers were allowed back into the Capitol late Thursday after they were forced out of the Capitol grounds and into a parking garage, where they had no internet reception and only two bathroom stalls. After 6 January’s pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol, approximately 26,000 Guard troops from all 50 states were sent to secure Washington ahead of the inauguration, and officials worry their close working and living quarters contributed to the spread of the disease. 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