The National Guard will maintain a presence in Washington, D.C. with a minimum of 5,000 troops remaining in the nation's capital through at least mid-March, a spokesman revealed over the weekend.
'As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7,000 members and will draw down to 5,000 through mid-March,' Major Matt Murphy of the National Guard Bureau told The Epoch Times on Saturday.
He continued: 'We are providing assistance such as security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support to state, district, and federal agencies.'
Thousands of National Guardsmen and women were deployed to Washington, D.C. over the last few weeks after the storming of the Capitol on January 6. There were concerns another major demonstration or attack could be coordinated for Joe Biden's inauguration.
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At least 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington D.C. through mid-March
The presence was requested as a D.C. homeland security official said: 'We do anticipate that there will be another National Special Security Event occurring in the joint session of Congress'
More than 26,000 National Guard troops were on duty January 20 for Joe Biden's Inauguration
The massive militarization of the nation's capital came after the January 6 storming of the Capitol by thousands of pro-Trump protesters
While more than 26,000 National Guard members from all over the country were on duty on January 20 as part of a massive militarization of the nation's capital, there was little to no disturbance.
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Overall, three people were arrested in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day.
A massive exodus of troops was seen following inauguration – the number of on-duty guardsmen and women decreased from more than 26,000 on Wednesday to 10,600 as of Thursday.
Officials are planning ways to return even more troops to their home states in the coming days as at least three governors have now requested the return of their National Guard members.
Since Inauguration, Republican Governors Chris Sununu from New Hampshire; Ron DeSantis from Florida; Greg Gianforte