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    by Jennie Taer   Democrat Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the Pentagon Thursday for a second time to deploy the National Guard to support illegal migrants arriving from the southern border. “The District of Columbia writes to provide additional information to support our July 19 request to deploy the DC National Guard (DCNG) to help prevent a prolonged humanitarian crisis in our nation’s capital resulting from the daily arrival of migrants in need of assistance,” Bowser wrote in her Thursday letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. “We need help from our federal partners as we seek to stabilize and manage our operating environment in this critical moment.” Bowser previously requested the deployment, but Austin rejected the request because it would “negatively impact” the force. The Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation receipt of Bowser’s latest letter. “The Secretary takes this request for assistance very seriously. He and his team are working through the details, and will respond to the mayor’s office as soon as a decision has been reached,” a Department of Defense (DOD) official told...
    (CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser renewed her request for the National Guard to assist with the ongoing arrival of migrant buses arriving from Texas and Arizona. "We need help from our federal partners as we seek to stabilize and manage our operating environment in this critical moment," Bowser said in a tweet on Thursday.In a statement, a Defense Department spokesperson confirmed that the department had received the request. "The Secretary takes this request for assistance very seriously. He and his team are working through the details, and will respond to the mayor's office as soon as a decision has been reached," the spokesperson said. The Pentagon declined Bowser's previous request last week.Read MoreDefense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected it because the Department of Defense has "determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members," a defense official said.According to the office of Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, more than 6,500 migrants have arrived in Washington from Texas on more than 160 buses.Bowser told reporters last week that she wants...
    Washington, D.C., sent another plea to the Department of Defense for the deployment of the National Guard in response to an influx of migrants after the agency denied the district's initial request. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) sent the follow-up letter, which noted "additional information," as the city scrambles to manage a sudden influx of migrants bused in from Texas in protest of the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis. A July 19 request was rejected on Aug. 4 by the Pentagon, which claimed that the district had been given enough funds from the Federal Emergency Management Administration to manage the situation. Muriel Bowser Alex Brandon/AP DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY OVER MIGRANT BUSES Bowser sent another request on Thursday, asking for a 90-day deployment of the guard while claiming the Pentagon had only refused her previous request because it failed to understand the situation. We need help from our federal partners as we seek to stabilize and manage our operating environment in this critical moment.I have been honored to work with the men and women...
    President Joe Biden's Pentagon has denied the Washington DC mayor's request for National Guard assistance to deal with the city's growing migrant problem. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have been shipping thousands of illegal immigrants to the nation's capitol to spread out the burden of a surge in illegal immigration since the president decided to lift a pandemic-era emergency health order that restricted migration on the southern border. Since April, the Associated Press reports, Abbott has sent at least 5,200 migrants to DC, while Ducey has sent more than 1,000 migrants since May. Those illegal immigrants often arrive in DC without resources and a place to go, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has said, and is straining the city's ability to deal with its own homeless residents. She therefore requested last month that the federal National Guard deploy 150 members each day to deal with the crisis, and create a 'suitable federal location' for a mass housing and processing center — suggesting the DC Armory as a potential location. But on Friday, the Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined...
    By Lolita C. Baldor | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the D.C. Armory to assist with the reception of migrants into the city, according to U.S. defense officials. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the district may send an amended, “more specific” request, adding that she believes this is the first time a D.C. request for National Guard has been denied. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision not yet made public, said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s food and shelter program has provided funding for the problem, and has indicated those funds are sufficient at this point. Bowser, the district’s Democratic mayor, formally asked the White House last month for an open-ended deployment of 150 National Guard members per day as well as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the D.C. Armory to assist with the reception of migrants into the city, according to U.S. defense officials. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the district may send an amended, “more specific” request, adding that she believes this is the first time a D.C. request for National Guard has been denied. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision not yet made public, said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s food and shelter program has provided funding for the problem, and has indicated those funds are sufficient at this point. Bowser, the district’s Democratic mayor, formally asked the White House last month for an open-ended deployment of 150 National Guard members per day as well as a “suitable federal location” for a...
    (CNN)The Pentagon has declined Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser's request for aid from the DC National Guard to help with migrants entering the city by bus, according to a US defense official. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected the request because the Department of Defense has "determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members," the official said.The official said grant funding through FEMA's Emergency Food and Shelter Program is sufficient. "We understand SAMU First Response has received grant funding through FEMA's Emergency Food and Shelter Program and has indicated that sufficient EFSP funds exist at this point to provide migrant assistance."Bowser told reporters on Friday that she wants to continue to work with the Pentagon to ensure political considerations "are not a part of their decision."The Democrat, who has served as the District's mayor under US presidents of both parties, alluded to the use of the National Guard during the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol: "Having the experience where the use of the DC National...
    While Breanna Morello suggested that the request for support by the National Guard might be tantamount to bigotry, Paul Szypula intimated that Bowser might be prejudiced against foreign nationals. \u201cWashington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is attempting to intimidate illegal migrants by bringing in the National Guard.\n\nThese liberal bigots must be stopped!\n\nNo National Guard!\n\nThey\u2019re just DREAMERS!!!\n\nLet them flood into the city!\u201d — Breanna Morello (@Breanna Morello) 1659045787 \u201cDC Mayor Muriel Bowser just requested the National Guard be activated to defend against buses of migrants arriving in her city.\n\nWhy is Bowser being so prejudiced against people from other countries?\n\n\ud83e\udd14\u201d — Paul A. Szypula (@Paul A. Szypula) 1659042942 Abbott's office recently suggested to the D.C. mayor that this "crisis" is only a fraction of the disaster" unfolding at the southern border. In April, Abbott — whom Bowser has since accused of engaging in "cruel political gamesmanship" — said of his campaign to send illegals to D.C.: "What better place for them to go to than ... closer to the people making these policies that are allowing people to come across the border...
    The Department of Defense has denied requests from Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser to activate the National Guard and provide assistance to the thousands of migrants being bused to the district from southern border states. The request was rejected in part because the city already has sufficient funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that can be used to shelter the immigrants and provide necessary resources, the department confirmed to the Washington Examiner. Bowser had requested that the D.C. National Guard be activated indefinitely to help respond to the influx of migrants being transported to the district, arguing that immigration is a federal issue rather than a local one. ABBOTT BEGINS BUSING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO NYC AFTER MAYOR ADAMS GAFFE “We have determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members,” a Defense Department spokesperson said. “We understand SAMU First Response has received grant funding through FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and has indicated that sufficient EFSP funds exist at this point to...
    (CNN)Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a request for aid from the DC National Guard to help with migrants entering the city by bus, according to a letter obtained by CNN affiliate WUSA.The buses transporting the migrants originating in Texas and other states were sent to Washington starting in April. The mayor's office says the city is now at a "tipping point."According to the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, more than 5,100 migrants have arrived in Washington from Texas on more than 135 buses. The city has facilitated the help of the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a $1 million grant, the mayor said at a news conference following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.However, city officials and non-government organizations have been increasingly concerned about the pace of arrivals over recent weeks. Read MoreThe mayor's office is requesting to convert the DC Armory, Joint Base Bolling, Fort McNair or other "suitable federal location in the National Capital Region" into a processing center for the migrants. The regional welcome center established to aid the migrants in Montgomery County,...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) refused to deploy the Florida National Guard in response to a request from the D.C. National Guard for help with an planned trucker convoy heading towards the district. The request was sent a day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the mobilization of the D.C. National Guard for the trucker convoy on February 22. An internal email from the Florida National Guard’s director of military support obtained by Breitbart News said: District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) to support the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) security mission for First Amendment demonstrations expected to occur beginning the week of February 20, 2022. Due to the size of these events, all available MPD resources will be deployed, and the assistance of the DCNG will be essential in supporting the security plan. The email had the subject line “[Joint Information Exchange Exchange Environment] Information [in Support of] Operation Trucker Convoy. The D.C. National Guard is expected to be mobilized from February 26 through March 7, according to a notice to troops obtained by Breitbart News. That time period would also...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he denied a request by the Biden administration to deploy the state's National Guard to Washington, D.C., ahead of President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address. "Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no [Florida National Guard] sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union," the Republican said in a tweet Monday, one day before the big speech. Christina Pushaw, DeSantis's press secretary, further told the Washington Examiner that the federal government sent the request to all states "to prepare for anticipated 'First Amendment protests'" coinciding with Biden's address Tuesday. The National Guard "should never be misused for political purposes," she added. Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022 "Last year, when...
    At least three trucker convoys are expected to converge at the nation's capitol to show their disdain for Biden and his policies, especially those related to vaccine and mask mandates. One of the larger convoys launched from the Mojave Desert in California on a cross-country route last week. One Democrat called on law enforcement authorities to seize the trucks from any protest and "give the trucks to small trucking companies looking to expand their business." Critics of modern State of the Union speeches note that historically the address was a simple letter sent by the president to Congress. It was converted by Woodrow Wilson into an ostentatious ceremony for the sake of raising the profile of the executive branch. Here's more about the State of the Union address: Security heightened ahead of Biden's 1st State of The Union | GMA www.youtube.com
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday announced that he has denied a request for the state’s National Guard to deploy to the nation’s capital for President Biden’s Tuesday State of the Union address, ensuring that the Florida National Guard will not be sent to Washington, DC. The Biden administration last week requested assistance from state National Guards ahead of Tuesday’s speech. The request coincides with hundreds of National Guard members being activated in the D.C. area ahead of the address to assist with traffic and security. Florida’s National Guard, however, will not participate. “Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union,” DeSantis announced Monday. Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union. — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022 ???????????? https://t.co/vPFJjBf5xI —...
    (CNN) — The Department of Defense is considering a request for the District of Columbia National Guard to assist law enforcement agencies in Washington, DC, that are preparing for convoys to descend on the area, even as plans for a Canada-style trucker protest in the US capital remain murky. “The Department is analyzing a request for assistance from the US Capitol Police and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency,” DoD spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Those agencies have asked for National Guard personnel to provide support at traffic control points in and around the District to help the USCP and DC government address potential challenges stemming from possible disruptions at key traffic arteries.” READ MORE: Baltimore's Mayor Scott To Discuss City Mask Mandate With Health CommissionerKirby added: “No decisions have been made yet to approve these requests.” Area law enforcement, including the Maryland State Police, Metropolitan Police Department in DC, and the United States Capitol Police, are closely monitoring the situation and in some cases ramping up security to deal with the possibility of major disruptions...
    (CNN)The Department of Defense is considering a request for the District of Columbia National Guard to assist law enforcement agencies in Washington, DC, that are preparing for convoys to descend on the area, even as plans for a Canada-style trucker protest in the US capital remain murky."The Department is analyzing a request for assistance from the US Capitol Police and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency," DoD spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. "Those agencies have asked for National Guard personnel to provide support at traffic control points in and around the District to help the USCP and DC government address potential challenges stemming from possible disruptions at key traffic arteries."Kirby added: "No decisions have been made yet to approve these requests." JUST WATCHEDThousands in Ottawa protesting Covid-19 mandatesReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHThousands in Ottawa protesting Covid-19 mandates 02:50 Area law enforcement, including the Maryland State Police, Metropolitan Police Department in DC, and the United States Capitol Police, are closely monitoring the situation and in some cases ramping up security to deal with the possibility of major disruptions...
    Donald Trump has blamed Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol riots on January 6, repeating his unproven claim that she rejected his request for extra security. The former president, who is in the midst of a House Committee probe over his role in the 2021 insurrection, said he tried to call in the National Guard prior to the Stop the Steal rally. Trump was asked by Sean Hannity on Fox News if he authorized the request for 20,000 troops in the lead-up to the protests. He responded: 'One hundred percent, and attested to by many people. And they turned it down. Nancy Pelosi turned it down, and she is in charge of the Capitol.  'They run the Capitol, the security of the Capitol. If you had 10,000 or 20,000 or even 5,000 soldiers wrapped around the Capitol, you would have had no January 6 as we know it.  Fox News Privacy Policy Donald Trump has blamed Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol riots on January 6, repeating his unproven claim that she rejected his request for extra security The former president has...
                
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected a request from the governor of Oklahoma to exempt his state’s National Guard from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all military personnel. In addition to rejecting Gov. Kevin Stitt’s request , Austin wrote in a memo on Tuesday that Guardsmen who refuse the vaccine without an exemption will eventually lose pay. AUSTIN ORDERS REVIEW INTO YEARS-OLD SYRIAN STRIKE THAT KILLED CIVILIANS “The concerns raised in your letter do not negate the need for this important military readiness requirement,” the secretary wrote to Stitt on Monday, saying the decision to deny the request “stems directly from my responsibility as the Secretary of Defense to promote the health, safety, and readiness of our military personnel," according to CNN . At the heart of the dispute is who is ultimately in charge of a state's National Guard regardless of whether they're deployed. "With all due respect to [Pentagon spokesperson John] Kirby, I think perhaps he has received incorrect information," Charlie Hannema, a spokesman for the governor, told Military.com . Roughly 40% of the state’s 6,200 Army Guardsmen...
    "After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act is not warranted for this event," Criswell wrote in the letter obtained and published by the Examiner. "Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for an emergency declaration is denied." TX Em Appl Td Letter by Washington Examiner Though Abbott has not said how much the state has spent on border enforcement, the Examiner wrote that the figure is in the "millions of dollars" and said that "thousands" of National Guard troops as well as state police have been sent to the impacted regions since the state initiated Operation Lone Star back in March. Now Texas officials are preparing for another massive surge of illegal immigrants from Haiti, South America, and Central America whose caravan steamrolled north past a roadblock in southern Mexico over the weekend. The Mexican National Guard set up the roadblock, employing some 400 law enforcement officers with shields and anti-riot gear. But the migrants overwhelmed the...
    U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) requested National Guard support from the Pentagon to ensure security at the upcoming “Justice for J6” rally on Sept. 18, the USCP announced Wednesday. Rally-goers plan to demonstrate in support of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Police were severely underprepared to handle the events of Jan. 6, which saw thousands of rioters breaking windows, doors and barricades to gain access to the Capitol. “The USCP has asked the Department of Defense for the ability to receive National Guard support should the need arise on September 18,” the USCP said in a statement. (RELATED: DOJ Expects At Least 100 More Charges Over Capitol Riots) The department has not announced how many National Guards it has requested, however. Fencing surrounding the Capitol has already returned in anticipation of the event. The Capitol and other federal buildings were surrounded by fencing for months following Jan. 6 and President Joe Biden’s inauguration. City officials have urged rally-goers to remain peaceful and not to come armed. Capitol Fence 2: this time with surveillance tower pic.twitter.com/wQlB7Pla9q —...
    House Democrats have put a number on the staggering financial costs of the January 6th Capitol riot – and are seeking $1.9 billion in emergency supplemental funds to backfill costs incurred by the National Guard and Capitol Police. The funding request, in the form of a supplemental spending request put out by House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), funds physical repairs to the Capitol, pays overtime for D.C. police who came to help shore up over-run Capitol Police, plus $521 million for National Guard forces. The Guard arrived the evening of January 6th, and ended up bolstering Capitol security for months as the Capitol campus became a virtual Green Zone.  National Guard troops stand guard along Constitution Avenue as law enforcement responds to a security incident near the U.S. Capitol on April 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House Appropriations panel released its $1.9 billion supplemental spending bill in response to the riot The Guard funding is for 'unanticipated pay and operations costs' for the force. The request includes $66.8 million to reimburse D.C. police 'for costs incurred in...
    (CNN)The Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, according to a US defense official.The move comes amid nationwide tensions after recent police killings of Americans of color and as cities brace for more protests and potential unrest as the Chauvin trial in the death of George Floyd nears a close. DC officials told reporters on Monday that they requested National Guard assistance to help secure the District and acting Secretary of the Army John Whitley is scheduled to meet with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Monday afternoon on the pending request, an administration official tells CNN.The final numbers of guard forces to be approved is expected to be settled Monday when Whitley meets with Bowser. If an agreement is reached the initial deployment may be a "couple of hundred" forces. The official emphasized final details of a deployment are still being discussed."The Army is reviewing a request from the Washington, DC, city government for...
    (CNN)The US Army initially considered denying a request from Washington, DC's government for a National Guard deployment ahead of the January 6 rally that led to riots at the US Capitol, according to a Washington Post report published Tuesday.An internal draft memo obtained by the Post argued the US military shouldn't be required to help law enforcement with traffic and crowd control unless more than 100,000 demonstrators were expected on the National Mall that day, the newspaper reported. The Post did not report on the date of the draft memo.In a letter dated December 31, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser requested support and personnel from the DC National Guard on January 5 and 6.Ultimately, the Army approved the mission, but the memo underscores the hesitancy ahead of that day among some within the Pentagon's top ranks to involve the military in security on January 6.Col. Cathy Wilkinson, a spokeswoman for the Army, told CNN in a statement that the Defense Department provided 340 members of the DC National Guard to help with street closures and crowd control as requested.Read More"Clearly, the...
    (CNN)Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the request of the US Capitol Police to keep nearly 2,300 National Guard troops to support security efforts around the Capitol through May 23, the Defense Department said in a statement Tuesday evening.There are approximately 5,100 Guard members currently operating around the Capitol, so this level is nearly a 50% reduction in that force. "During this extended period, DoD officials will work with the U.S. Capitol Police to incrementally reduce the National Guard footprint as conditions allow," the statement said. "We thank the National Guard for its support throughout this mission, as well as for its significant efforts across the nation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic."The continued Guard presence was not in response to any particular threat, a senior defense official said, but an awareness of a persistent elevated threat level around the Capitol, especially if President Joe Biden were to address a joint session of Congress.CNN previously reported that the US Capitol Police had requested a two-month extension of National Guard troop support at the Capitol that was under review last week at the...
                      by Madeline Dovi  The Pentagon is reviewing a Capitol Police request for the National Guard to remain stationed at the US Capitol for an additional two months, citing concerns about security and potential violence, defense officials told the Associated Press. The National Guard was stationed at the Capitol following the violent breach Jan. 6 where five people died, the AP reported. Law enforcement has remained on high alert at the Capitol since Thursday after intelligence operatives uncovered a “potential plot” by far-right militia groups to storm the building. The purported plot was reportedly tied to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump will rise to power on March 4, the original presidential inauguration day, according to the AP. Democratic U.S. Rep. and former CIA analyst Elissa Slotkin told the AP she learned that the request was filed in the last 36 hours and the National Guard is seeking volunteers from across the nation to fill the positions. I am hearing from contacts at the National Guard that the U.S. Capitol Police have asked for...
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    The United States Capitol Police have requested a little over 2,000 National Guard troops to stay in Washington, D.C. for up to 60 days to support Capitol Hill, defense officials confirmed to CBS News on Thursday. Capitol police confirmed Acting chief Yogananda Pittman submitted the request, and the Department of Defense told CBS News they had received the request and are reviewing it.  The current presence of the National Guard in the capital area is about 5,200 troops as a part of a security mission that took effect following the January 6 riot. That mission is set to end on March 12.   Capitol police requested about 2,000 troops to stay for 30-60 days.  The request for an extension comes after the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a security bulletin that said violent extremists discussed plans to travel on or around March 4 to Washington, D.C., to take control of the U.S. Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers. The request for the extended stay of about 2,000 troops is designed so there is enough support for four shifts...
    The United States Capitol Police have requested a little over 2,000 National Guard troops to stay in Washington, D.C. for up to 60 days to support Capitol Hill, defense officials confirmed to CBS News on Thursday. Capitol police confirmed Acting chief Yogananda Pittman submitted the request, and the Department of Defense told CBS News they had received the request and are reviewing it.  The current presence of the National Guard in the capital area is about 5,200 troops as a part of a security mission that took effect following the January 6 riot. That mission is set to end on March 12.   Capitol police requested about 2,000 troops to stay for 30-60 days.  The request for an extension comes after the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a security bulletin that said violent extremists discussed plans to travel on or around March 4 to Washington, D.C., to take control of the U.S. Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers. The request for the extended stay of about 2,000 troops is designed so there is enough support for four shifts...
    The Pentagon is reviewing a Capitol Police request for the National Guard to remain stationed at the US Capitol for an additional two months, citing concerns about security and potential violence, defense officials told the Associated Press. The National Guard was stationed at the Capitol following the violent breach Jan. 6 where five people died, the AP reported. Law enforcement has remained on high alert at the Capitol since Thursday after intelligence operatives uncovered a “potential plot” by far-right militia groups to storm the building. The purported plot was reportedly tied to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump will rise to power on March 4, the original presidential inauguration day, according to the AP. (RELATED: Capitol Police Announce Increased Security Following ‘Possible Plot To Breach The Capitol’) Democratic U.S. Rep. and former CIA analyst Elissa Slotkin told the AP she learned that the request was filed in the last 36 hours and the National Guard is seeking volunteers from across the nation to fill the positions. I am hearing from contacts at the National Guard that the U.S. Capitol...
    The U.S. Capitol Police has requested an extension of the National Guard mission to provide heavily armed protection of Congress and the Capitol grounds, the Defense Department confirmed Thursday. “We have indeed received a request and DOD is currently considering request,” a defense official told the Washington Examiner without providing details about the number of requested citizen-soldiers and the length of time amid reports that the mission will stretch well into the spring months. Presently, 5,200 National Guard members patrol a vast barbed wire-topped perimeter fence around the U.S. Capitol in nearby federal buildings. Lawmakers and governors have protested the need for their presence, and federal agencies have declined to disclose specific details about threats. Troops have been in Washington, D.C., away from their day jobs and families, since after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, carried out by Trump supporters; law enforcement and National Guard officials say there has been credible intelligence chatter about other attempts to sack or blow up the legislative hall, including on Thursday. Reports indicate the request asks for the National Guard to stay for two...
    More On: national guard Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol pawns: Devine Nat’l Guard troops ill after sickening discoveries in food at Capitol: reports DC police chief ‘stunned’ by slow National Guard rollout at Capitol riot The militarization of the US Capitol is a disgrace — it needs to end Capitol Police have requested that National Guard troops remain at the US Capitol for another two months. The request is being reviewed by the Pentagon, as the 5,000 Guard members currently protecting the building are set to go home on March 12. Guard members were first deployed to the building after the Jan. 6 riot that left five people — including a Capitol Police officer — dead. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from Michigan, told the Associated Press that the request for the extension was made in recent days, and that the Guard is now looking for volunteers from states to deploy. Slotkin said members of Congress want transparency from the Pentagon on its plan to protect the Capitol from another insurrection. National Guard members guard the US Capitol...
    Reuters March 4, 2021 0 Comments Pentagon officials took more than three hours to approve a request by the U.S. Capitol Police for National Guard troops to back up police under attack by rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, a military commander told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Major General William Walker, the District of Columbia’s National Guard commander, told senators that an emotional Capitol Police chief Brian Sund, who resigned after the riot, contacted him at 1:49 p.m. on Jan. 6 to request urgent National Guard backup as violent demonstrators began to attack the Capitol building. Walker told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees that the day before the riot, he requested and received Pentagon permission to have on standby a 40-member “quick reaction force” and 155 other D.C. guard members. But Walker said that on Jan. 5, he also received a written order from then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy that he could only deploy the reaction force as a last resort and with a specific operational plan. Walker said defense officials did not give...
    A bipartisan group of Michigan House lawmakers is asking for better-quality meals to be served to National Guard troops after reports that the soldiers stationed in the Capitol were served moldy and undercooked food. The lawmakers said guardsmen have reached out to their offices to report they have been served raw, undercooked food that was occasionally moldy. Some even say their meals were filled with metal shavings. CAPITOL POLICE RAMP UP SECURITY AHEAD OF MARCH 4, COINED BY SOME AS THE 'TRUE INAUGURATION DAY' "We understand that the decision was made to provide contracted meals to support the entire federal response stationed at the Capitol," the lawmakers wrote to the chief of the National Guard. "However, it is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers. It is completely unacceptable that our men and women serving in Washington D.C. are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided." To corral the issue, the lawmakers requested that a new food contractor come in or that the guardsmen be...
    Savannah Rychcik March 1, 2021 0 Comments The Washington Post is slapping Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) with “four Pinocchios” for falsely claiming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denied a request for National Guard troops ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “Capitol Police requested National Guard help prior to January 6th. That request was denied by Speaker Pelosi and her Sergeant at Arms,” Jordan wrote on Twitter on Feb. 15. The Post noted in an analysis that Jordan refers to Paul D. Irving as “her Sergeant at Arms” but argues he was appointed in 2012 by then-House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). The publication then referenced a letter, Steven A. Sund, the U.S. Capitol Police chief, wrote to Pelosi on Feb. 1. Sund said he spoke to Irving about the request first, who “stated that he was concerned about the ‘optics’ and didn’t feel that the intelligence supported it.” He was reportedly told to go to Michael C. Stenger, the Senate sergeant-at-arms, for his thoughts on the request. “Instead of approving the use of the...
    Donald Trump said Sunday he requested 10,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C. before January 6 after realizing his rally would be larger than anticipated – but says the request was rejected by congressional leaders. In his latest defense, the former president told Fox News late Sunday evening that he was not actually watching the events unfold in real-time and claimed he reacted immediately when he was alerted to the ongoing attack on the Capitol. His assertion comes after his anticipated return to the political scene on Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he delivered a 90-minute keynote address to a crowd of adoring supporters. Trump insisted he wanted the National Guard on standby to deploy to the nation's capital, and told Fox's 'The Next Revolution' host Steve Hilton that he was under the impression the message was conveyed to congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The former president said his understanding is that the request for troops was rejected because leaders in Congress didn't like the optics of 10,000 troops at the Capitol. 'So, you...
    Chief Steven A. Sund testifies during the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Capitol Police FY2021 Budget Request, in the Capitol on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police is set to tell Congress that he asked the sergeants at arms of the Senate and House on Jan. 4 to request the presence of the National Guard at a joint session of Congress two days later for protection. But both officials effectively denied that request by then-Chief Steven Sund, which came two days before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to a copy of testimony that Sund is scheduled to give at a Senate hearing Tuesday. House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving "stated that he was concerned about the 'optics' of having National Guard present and didn't feel that the intelligence supported it," Sund said in his prepared testimony. "He referred me to the Senate Sergeant at Arms [Michael Stenger] ...to get his thoughts on...
    Outgoing U.S. Capitol Hill Police Chief Steven Sund says his requests for National Guard assistance to monitor the Trump rally last week were denied or delayed at least five times ahead of the evening riot on Wednesday. Sund, who announced his Saturday resignation last week under pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said he had asked House and Senate security officials for D.C. National Guard assistance ahead of the rally, where President Trump urged his supporters to march to the U.S. Capitol building, in anticipation of the large crowd. The first request was rejected, and in the midst of escalating violence on Capitol grounds, Sund said he asked for assistance five additional times. "If we would have had the National Guard, we could have held them at bay longer, until more officers from our partner agencies could arrive," Sund told the Washington Post. Sund, who repeated his assertions to Fox 5 reporter Natalie Rubino, was said to have become emotional talking about the riot. "We were expecting a large protest, not a mobbed attack," he said. Local and federal leadership...
    Hundreds of D.C. National Guard troops have been activated to respond to planned pro-Trump protests in D.C. this week, at the request of Mayor Muriel Bowser. Approximately 340 National Guard personnel will support the city government January 5-7 by providing crowd control at several Metro stations and assisting police with street closures at multiple intersections “to provide safety in and around pedestrian areas,” according to a National Guard statement. The statement said that more Guardsmen are prepared to respond “should additional personnel be required.” In addition, all D.C. police officers are required to work Tuesday and Wednesday, Bowser said in a statement Sunday. “At the request of Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District of Columbia National Guard is in a support role to the Metropolitan Police Department which will enable them to provide a safe environment for our fellow citizens to exercise their first amendment right to demonstrate,” Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commander of the D.C. National Guard, said in a statement. “Our main mission is augmenting select traffic control points and metro stations identified by MPD,” he said. While...
    Washington (CNN)Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Monday approved a request from the mayor of Washington to deploy DC National Guard forces to the city to support local authorities during demonstrations scheduled here this week, a defense official told CNN. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the request Thursday in a letter addressed to Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the DC National Guard, in which she referenced protests in the city in November and December that "resulted in a large influx of participants, violence and criminal activity." "No DCNG personnel shall be armed during this mission, and at no time, will DCNG personnel or assets be engaged in domestic surveillance, searches, or seizures of US persons," Bowser, a Democrat, wrote in the letter. DC Police Chief Robert Contee told reporters on Monday that the National Guard will assist with "crowd management" and traffic control, freeing the city's police officers to focus on potential acts of violence and other security issues.This week's planned protests will occur as two significant political events take place: Tuesday's US Senate runoff elections in...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order on Monday for 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to be on stand by in the event they are needed for potential large scale events following Tuesday’s election. Baker’s office said that while similar orders have been put in place in recent months, the National Guard has not been needed. Massachusetts State Police will also operate with increased staffing levels “both to ensure safety on state roadways and property and to assist local police departments that request assistance in their communities.” “At this time we are aware of no specific or credible threats to election sites in Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason. “We continue to monitor all available intelligence and will maintain an enhanced operational posture for Election Day and beyond, and will be prepared to assist in any situations that arise in order to protect public safety and the rights of all our citizens.” Executive Office of Public Safety and Security secretary Thomas Turco said there is no known Election Day threat in Massachusetts at...
    President Trump on Wednesday praised Kentucky’s Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear for calling in the National Guard just hours before two police officers were shot during protests after a grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case. “I will be speaking to the governor, we have a call scheduled,” Trump said during a press briefing at the White House. “I understand he's called up the National Guard. That's a good thing. It’ll all work out.” Trump had said earlier that he didn't know enough about the case to comment, but he said later that he'd since been briefed. When asked earlier what his message was to the Black community who felt "justice had not been served," he pivoted to his record. He has said that he loved the Black community and that he has done more for Black Americans than any other president with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. BREONNA TAYLOR SHOOTING: FIRED LOUISVILLE OFFICER INDICTED ON CRIMINAL CHARGES BUT NOT HER DEATH  Gov. Beshear said Monday that the city of Louisville made a “general request” for state assistance “about a week ago”...
    A group of Chicago City Council members requested that Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker immediately declare a state of emergency in Chicago and deploy the national guard in light of ongoing rioting and looting in the city.  The City Council held a special meeting Friday to consider the resolution. The governor was asked to deploy the national guard for a period of 4 months to assist local law enforcement in quelling the unrest.  The council members also asked for monthly public safety hearings and “reports regarding the collective and unified efforts to address the rioting, looting, destruction, and most importantly, the safety of all Chicagoans.” (RELATED: ‘I Make No Apologies Whatsoever’: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Defends Banning Protesters From Her Block, Citing Safety Concerns) Demonstrations have been ongoing in Chicago for months. The city was struck with another wave of violence following a police shootout Sunday, where a 20-year-old man reportedly shot at police and was injured when police returned fire. Looters broke into a Chicago mall and are looting the place clean tonight. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/wKJZbcvpoZ — Andy Ngô...
    He said, he said. KARE’s John Croman reports: “Mayor Jacob Frey has often said he made a call to Gov. Tim Walz the night of May 27, asking him to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to the streets of Minneapolis. That would’ve been a full 24 hours before the city evacuated the 3rd Precinct headquarters, allowing it to burn. Newly released text messages and emails confirm that part of the mayor’s story. … The mayor’s staff went as far as drafting a press release at 9:00 p.m. that same night, announcing that Frey was requesting the National Guard. That release was never sent.” Red tape. KSTP’s Alex Jokich reports: “Owners of businesses that were destroyed during civil unrest in the Twin Cities are facing roadblocks in demolishing them. A state statute requires property taxes to be ‘fully paid’ before removing any structure. ‘It’s ridiculous to hold up demolition over that,’ said Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrew Johnson. ‘These are victims of civil unrest, and they’re just trying to rebuild their livelihoods and we should all be doing everything we can to support that....
    The Trump administration has rejected a request by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) for millions of dollars in federal aid to repair damage to buildings and infrastructure destroyed in riots that followed the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. On July 2, Gov. Walz formally asked President Donald Trump “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest,” according to the governor’s office. Walz sought financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), estimating the damage “eligible” for relief to be nearly $16 million. The total damage in the city, he said, was estimated at about $500 million. But on Friday, the governor’s office confirmed that his request had been denied, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” said a spokesperson for Walz in a statement quoted by the Star-Tribune. “As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through.”...
    The D.C. National Guard will send unarmed members to assist the U.S. Park Police in defending national monuments around Washington, D.C., as protesters across the country deface and damage statues and increase calls for the removal of many. "The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by," National Guard spokesman Maj. Robert Perino said in a statement to CNN. "Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure."Photos: Raging Protests in MinneapolisView All 19 ImagesA defense official told CNN that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy approved the move on Tuesday, after Park Police made a request for assistance. The official said that no forces have been deployed yet and all remain inside their barracks. Currently, about 100 troops are in the D.C. area, but that number could grow to 400 in total if needed. The personnel are expected to remain in the area through July 4. The request for more security comes as President Donald Trump and officials...
    Washington (CNN)Democratic governors in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware turned down requests from Defense Secretary Mark Esper to offer National Guard troops to help with security in Washington, DC.In some instances, the Defense Department was counting on troop support from those states before the governors intervened."I can confirm that personnel from the NY National Guard were expected to move to DC last night, but permission was withdrawn by the governor," Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, said Tuesday morning.During his daily press briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that New York's National Guard was completely focused on the state."I don't know what requests they've gotten, but I can tell you this, I wouldn't grant any request to send National Guard out of the state at this time because I want them in this state in case we need them," Cuomo said.​​Read MoreAnother Pentagon official told CNN that support was expected from Delaware as well, but troops were diverted to Wilmington.CNN has reached out to Delaware Gov. John Carney's office for comment.In Virginia, an official with a direct...
    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was "very wise" to ask the governor to call in the National Guard amid continuing unrest over George Floyd's death, attorney Ken Starr said Saturday. Frey had "the good judgment" to say to the governor, "'It's really out of my hands, we need the National Guard,'" Star told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. Starr's comments came amid nationwide unrest sparked by the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, while being detained by police in Minneapolis. For Starr, a "show of force" aimed at curtailing further rioting and violence against police is crucial, as is the curfew being imposed in Minneapolis. MINNESOTA GOVERNOR AUTHORIZES 'FULL MOBILIZATION' OF STATE'S NATIONAL GUARD, SAYS PROTESTS NO LONGER ABOUT DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD Starr, who previously served as a federal judge, said it was "a start" for authorities to charge Derek Chauvin, the white officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck until he became unresponsive, with murder and manslaughter. "There is going to be accountability," he said. On Saturday, Gov. Tim Walz announced the "full mobilization" of the state's National Guard and urged residents to comply with the...
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