Joe Biden’s Pentagon confirmed rumors this week. The National Guard is leaving Washington, D.C. within a few days.
According to Fox News, “Defense Department press secretary John Kirby said in a news conference Tuesday that 2,149 National Guard troops will return home this week after there were no further requests to extend the mission.”
“At its height, some 5,200 National Guard personnel were stationed at the Capitol in the fallout of the Jan. 6 riot, and fencing was erected around the building,” writes Morgan Phillips. “The mission had already been extended once from March to May 23.”
The National Guard, Capitol Police, and Pentagon have been at odds over the delayed date of exit.
“I am concerned that the continued indefinite nature of this requirement may also impede our ability to man future missions as both adjutants general and guardsmen alike may be skeptical about committing to future endeavors,” said Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, in a memo.
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