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Army: Up to 25,000 National Guard in DC for Biden inauguration

Added 01-15-21 03:57:02pm EST - “As many as 25,000 National Guard troops will be in Washington, D.C., for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week, the Army confirmed on Friday.” - Thehill.com

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As many as 25,000 National Guard troops will be in Washington, D.C., for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE’s inauguration next week, the Army confirmed on Friday.

The Defense Department authorized up to 25,000 service members — an increase of 5,000 from numbers confirmed earlier this week — to support the “federal law enforcement mission and security preparations” in the inauguration, as led by the Secret Service, according to an Army statement.

“Our National Guard soldiers and airmen are set around the city to protect our nation's Capital,” National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson said in the statement.

Every state and territory, as well as D.C. itself, will have Guardsmen deployed to the Beltway to support the Wednesday event following last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol, which forced a joint session of Congress to temporarily delay certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory.

Lawmakers have questioned the Pentagon’s speed in authorizing additional National Guard assistance during the deadly event. 

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