7,000 guards already deployed in Washington for the inauguration, according to the general

The US National Guard has already deployed around 7,000 personnel to support security during the upcoming Joseph Biden and inauguration on Jan.20 and plans to triple that number as the event nears, the general said. National Guard Daniel Hokanson.

“Currently, we have around 7,000 National Guard troops on the ground to support major federal agencies, and we have 21,000 for the next inauguration,” Hokanson said during a security briefing with the vice-president. US President Mike Pence Thursday.

Members of the National Guard are armed and equipped to the extent of the missions entrusted to them, he said.

Hokanson assured members of the National Guard will provide security, communications, logistics and coordination with all agencies.

On January 6, a group of supporters of President Donald Trump entered Capitol Hill to protest against lawmakers certifying the electoral lists of several US states that the president claims invalid and stealing electoral victory from him. Trump supporters clashed with police and the incident left five dead, including a Capitol Hill police officer and an Air Force veteran who was shot and killed by police.

The grand opening takes place on a stage in front of the Western Front of the Capitol, allowing spectators to congregate at an open mall that stretches beyond the Washington Monument.

Authorities expect Wednesday’s crowd to be relatively small compared to previous openings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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