After supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol on December 6, the Pentagon announces the modernization of the National Guard deployment after the states of Maryland and Virginia refrained from providing reservists to help.
Nearly a year after supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked The US Capitol Building Including Congress on January 6, 2020, the Pentagon announced Thursday that it has modernized and simplified the approval process for the National Guard’s deployment in Washington.
The Pentagon was criticized for its slow response during the attack on Congress, which left 5 dead and dozens wounded.
It took military officials more than 3 hours to deploy the National Guard in Congress, after the demonstrators and rioters took control of it, due to a series of bureaucratic procedures.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced in a statement that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will henceforth have the “sole approval authority” to request the emergency use of National Guard personnel within Washington.
“By clarifying and simplifying the application process, the ministry will be able to respond efficiently, quickly and effectively,” he added.
The US capital, Washington, separated from its neighbors Maryland and Virginia, has a special status that prevents local officials from sending military, police or National Guard forces to the US Capitol, a federal building.
When the two states were called on to help after protesters outmaneuvered the Capitol Police, Pentagon officials later said they were reluctant to send armed reservists and uniformed soldiers to Congress for fear of exacerbating tensions.
Hundreds of National Guard reservists who were stationed in Washington last summer during massive anti-racism protests have been criticized for their violent actions against protesters.
And American media had reported that the American police had evacuated buildings in the headquarters of Congress in the face of demonstrators supporting former US President Donald Trump, pointing out that a number of policemen were injured while they were responding to an attempt by Trump supporters to storm Congress.
Trump had Dua “Honorable Representatives” to object to Presidential election results“We will stop election theft and we have more evidence that we won that election,” he said.
On February 13, 202, the Senate closed the impeachment trial of Trump and announced that innocent of intrusion into congress.
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