President Donald Trump has issued an emergency declaration for Inauguration Day. Trump elected to do so as law enforcement officials raised concerns about potential violence following the Capitol Hill riots. With this declaration, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency will be able to coordinate with the Metropolitan Police Department leading up to January 20.
The National Guard is also setting up to have 10,000 troops in the nation’s capital on the day of the Inauguration. There are already 6,200 National Guard members in the city.
The latest actions from Donald Trump and the National Guard fall in line with the sentiments expressed by Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser. Initially, Bowser had hoped to have National Guard troops deployed prior to the Capitol Hill riots.
“We believe strongly that the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20 will require a very different approach than previous inaugurations given the chaos, injury, and death experienced at the United States Capitol during the insurrection,” Bowser stated.
It appears that Mayor Bowser will have her expectations met as President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn into office.