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Apologies from Joe, cookies from Jill: Bidens try to smooth over scandal with outcast & Covid-hit National Guard troops

Added 01-22-21 06:37:02pm EST - “US President Joe Biden has apologized for 5,000 National Guard troops sleeping in a parking garage outside the US Capitol, and the First Lady brought them cookies, amid reports that up to 200 troops may have caught Covid-19.?” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Apologies from Joe, cookies from Jill: Bidens try to smooth over scandal with outcast & Covid-hit National Guard troops”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Biden phoned General Daniel R. Hokanson, head of the National Guard Bureau, on Friday to apologize and ask what he could do, his administration officials told reporters. Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden was dispatched to the Capitol grounds to hand out chocolate chip cookies to some Guard members.

First Lady @DrBiden delivered chocolate chip cookies to National Guard Soldiers at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/u01G9T2ioD

There was no mention of either of them addressing a statement by a US official that up to 200 National Guard members have tested positive for the coronavirus during the week-long deployment in Washington, DC.

More than 25,000 troops were deployed to Washington, DC to provide security for Biden’s inauguration, amid claims by Democrats that the January 6 unrest at the Capitol amounted to an “insurrection” against the government by supporters of the outgoing President Donald Trump. The inauguration before the locked-down and empty National Mall went ahead without any security threats.

On Thursday, Politico broke the story that around 5,000 troops ended up spending the night in an unheated parking garage, with only two toilet stalls and no electricity or internet access. It remains unclear who actually gave the order for the Guard to leave the Dirksen Senate office building, as the Capitol Police denied having anything to do with it. 

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