US National Guard activates 11,000 troops before presidential inauguration
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Monday, January 11, 2021
Officials at theannounced on Monday it has activated 10,000 troops for the inauguration of President-elect on January 20. The massive show of force is in wake of the being overrun by many standing or damaging the platforms erected for the purpose of Biden taking the .
Currently there are 6,200 troops already in, however according to Army Gen. authorization has been given for up to 15,000 as threats emerge. National Guard troops usually act as a supporting role and are unarmed, however Hokanson has said they will be armed following January 6's insurrection attempt. They quickly placed a 7 ft (2 m) nonscalable fence around the as damage was assessed and plans for an outdoor inauguration continue.
Officials are concerned over the possibility of additional attacks. DespiteDonald Trump's ban from mainstream platforms, extremists emboldened from the breeching the Capitol Building have used it to communicate a possible second armed attack on January 17 called the "Million Militia March" if invoked the Pence. If invoked, Pense will assume the powers of the presidency until Biden is inaugurated on January 20. Pence would need the support of the remaining confirmed by the before taking the Presidential Oath of Office assuming the powers of the presidency. has already started the procedures with as goes out of session on Wednesday even if Pence is the acting president.
has made few statements since the insurrection attempt. Trump did grant in a statement: "[Monday], President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the District of Columbia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the District's response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021". Also on Monday, FBI has issued an alert that read, "Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January".
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