UPDATE: The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday refused a request by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for the National Guard to be deployed to Capital Hill after supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump breached the building and clashed with police, according to a report on Twitter by a Washington Post reporter.
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” President Trump.
I do wonder how many of these agitators are Antifa infiltrators.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany: “At President Trump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services. We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful."
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) January 6, 2021
JUST IN – Entire National Guard in Washinton D.C. activated.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) January 6, 2021
A young woman was just shot in the neck right besides me in the Capitol Building pic.twitter.com/hLQo4IP8J1
— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) January 6, 2021
UPDATE: The Washingtonian:
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, National Guard press officer Nahaku McFadden says, “No national guard troops have been deployed directly to the Capitol.” But adds: “That could be changing because this is a fast moving and developing situation”
McFadden also shared a statement from the Office of the Secretary of the Army, which she says is the “decision-maker” about whether or not to deploy the National Guard: “The Office of the Secretary of the Army is in close contact with local and federal law enforcement agencies to review the potential additional support requirements.”
Addressing speculation on Twitter that the Defense Department denied a request from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to have the Guard deployed, McFadden says: “I have not heard that anything has occurred in that manner at all. …So I’m not sure where the reports are [coming from] that it’s been denied or not.”
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