The elected president and vice president of the United States, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Photo: Reuters / Lucas Jackson
jpnn.com, WASHINGTON DC – About 10,000 US National Guard troops, to be deployed to Washington DC to help secure Joe Biden’s inauguration as president on January 20, will be equipped with firearms, officials said Tuesday.
The decision was made by Secretary of the US Army, Ryan McCarthy, after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned of possible armed protests in Washington ahead of and during the presidential inauguration.
Several officials in the government, who declined to be identified, did not say how many National Guard troops would be armed. But he made sure that the National Guard troops who would secure the Capitol building would carry firearms.
One of the officials said the National Guard was not the front line of defense and that they would be a force supporting the police. After the riots in the Capitol a few days ago, the government believed they needed to be reinforced with firearms for self-defense.
The US Army has not yet answered questions regarding the information.
Hundreds of supporters of US President Donald Trump on Wednesday last week broke into the Capitol as Congress prepares to ratify the results of the presidential election on November 3, 2020. Crowds clashed with officers and police officers as they tried to evacuate members of Congress.
At least five people died as a result of rioting at the Capitol building.
The National Guard gets government permission to deploy 15,000 troops to Washington. Tourists are also prohibited from visiting the Washington Monument until January 24.
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