Defense Secretary Approves National Guard Deployment in DC

Defense Secretary Approves National Guard Deployment in DC

( – At the end of last month, hundreds of truckers converged on Ottawa, Ontario, to protest COVID mandates. Inspired by their neighbors to the north, several groups in the United States plan to do the same, but in DC. With President Joe Biden’s March 1 State of the Union address quickly approaching, it seems the administration is trying to be proactive.

On February 22, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request from the DC Metropolitan Police in combination with US Capitol Police to station National Guard troops in the nation’s capital.

Austin approved about 400 members of the DC National Guard as well as an additional 300 members from three other states. The guardsmen will begin duty on February 26 and “provide support at designated traffic posts, provide command and control, and cover sustainment requirements.” The National Guard will post tactical vehicles throughout the capital, but guardsmen will not carry weapons or assist in law enforcement endeavors. Additionally, the Pentagon didn’t authorize any planes. Authorities estimate troops will remain in place through March 7.

This deployment isn’t the only action the White House is taking. Earlier this month, authorities decided to bring back the metal fence erected around the White House following the events on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. Critics say it’s an overreaction, and Biden has nothing to fear from protests they say are peaceful.

Do you think these measures are needed, or are they too extreme?

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