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Andrew Caballero-Reynolds - AFP / Getty ImagesU.S. Capitol police officers and U.S. National Guard soldiers guard an entrance to the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds - AFP / Getty Images)
Even as Capitol Incursion 2.0 — bruited about in liberal circles to be an expected deluge of Trump supporters upon Washington to mark the once-traditional day presidents were inaugurated — turned out to be all talk and no action, the Capitol police are asking the National Guard to remain in Washington.
In theory, the 5,200-person Guard contingent that remains of the troops that once numbered 25,000 is scheduled to pack up on March 12, ending a deployment that has cost almost $500 million. The troops were called to Washington to protect the inauguration of President Joe Biden, but as weeks passed with no threats in sight, the numbers were reduced to the current level.
There were fears of violence on Thursday, leading the House to cancel its work for the day, but there were no incidents. The Senate remained in session.
According to what Army and National Guard officials told Stars and Stripes last month, speculation has run rampant for weeks that Guard troops were to remain indefinitely.
Getting information from Capitol Police leadership has been like pulling teeth. Direct answers are hard to come by- I learn more from what’s leaked to media than in briefings. We cannot allow the National Guard to be used as a bandaid for a lack of USCP strategy/leadership. (2/2)
— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) March 4, 2021
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