New Hampshire National Guard members head to Washington

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2021

After the riot at the U.S. Capitol, the head of the National Guard said at least 15,000 troops would be in Saturday.

The troops, including units from the Wisconsin Army National Guard and Wisconsin Air National Guard, will serve in a support role alongside thousands of other National Guard troops from other states.

National Guard members supporting US Capitol security in Washington, DC, ahead of Inauguration Day will be armed, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

Increased threats of violence at state capitols across the country have emerged since a mob of violent supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in an unsuccessful insurrection attempt that resulted in the deaths of five people.

41 Action News also reached to the Kansas National Guard, which said it would not be deploying troops to D.C.

By Tuesday evening, Guardsmen who secure the Capitol were authorized to carry lethal weapons.

As the US braces for more pro-Trump extremism in the weeks leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the Pentagon has approved armed National Guardsmen to be deployed to the US Capitol, Politico reported.

Members of the US National Guard were seen Wednesday sleeping on the floors of the US Capitol, but that does not mean they lack proper sleeping quarters or otherwise help from members of the public.

The FBI, still hunting those responsible for last week's violence, has issued warnings of possible armed protests and further unrest across the country in the coming days.

Authorities are concerned about threats of violence at the Capitol and elsewhere. A Defense official said up to 20,000 Guardsmen will be part of inauguration security for Biden on January 20, and most will arrive by this weekend. "That doesn't mean the president is free from fault".

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