National Guardsmen providing security at the U.S. Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration are now armed, the D.C. National Guard said.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy authorized the troops to be armed at the request of federal authorities, the D.C. Guard said in a statement. The troops were armed as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, it added.
“National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” the D.C. Guard said. “The public’s safety is our top priority.”
Reporters entering the Capitol on Wednesday — when the House will vote to impeach President Trump for “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States” — reported hundreds of service members napping inside the building with firearms at their sides.
Reinforcements have arrived in the Capitol ahead of today’s impeachment vote and for inauguration week. All quiet for now.
Photos by my colleague Mike Lillis/The Hill pic.twitter.com/eT6FWqsSmd
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) January 13, 2021
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