7,000 National Guardsmen to remain in Washington through mid-March

7,000 National Guardsmen to remain in Washington through mid-March.

1/24/2021 4:21:00 PM

7,000 National Guardsmen to remain in Washington through mid-March.

The National Guard's top general confirmed that up to 7,000 National Guardsmen will remain in Washington through mid-March to assist federal law enforcement.

National Guard chief discusses troops staying in nation's capitalGen. Dan Hokanson discussed how many National Guardsmen will stay in Washington, D.C., as well as COVID-19 concerns among those who came to secure the inauguration.Luis Martinez/ABC News

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Up to 7,000 National Guardsmen will remain in Washington for about seven more weeks to assist federal law enforcement agencies concerned over, the Guard's top general said."We're looking at probably mid-March right now," Gen. Daniel Hokanson told reporters on Saturday.

The size of that force can be adjusted depending on requests from local law enforcement agencies, he added. Whether the remaining guardsmen will continue to be armed will be decided by federal law enforcement.ABC NewsGen. Dan Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with guardsmen who secured the nation's capital during the inauguration on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. headtopics.com

A U.S. official told ABC News that the agencies were seeing"chatter" among extremist groups discussing potential disturbances in the nation's capital.As for the troops making up the 7,000, Hokanson added:"Some of them will be the folks that are already here. Some states are actually going to rotate other folks, and we're working very closely with the states to determine that next."

MORE: Lawmakers outraged at images of National Guard sent from Capitol to parking garagesHokanson made his comments as he carried out his daily visit with the guardsmen who are securing the Capitol. At the spacious Capitol Visitors Center, he also met with guardsmen from Indiana and Virginia, who were taking a short break, and asked them if they were getting everything they needed.

Luis Martinez/ABC NewsGen. Daniel Hokanson, left, chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with guardsmen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 23, 2021. Read more: ABC News »

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Take them more cookies.🍪🍪🍪🍪 I mean with the level of ministries, embassies and personalities Change their clothes under the name Capital Band of Honor I don't live anywhere near Washington. But I would like to say thank you to everyone who has kept the piece, for all of Americans all across the world.

Some Military National Guard Members have been sworn in and have POWERS OF ARREST. MAKING DC A TRUE POLICE STATE Determine the places of residence scattered in the sites and the annual service there Find these men an woman a place to sleep an a place to rest. Take care of your priorities and take care of business yesterday.

Now is the winter of our discontent Be careful men 🦠 B117 ‼️ that's bs Under the Biden Administration I think the capital is safe from wingnut attacks..🚫🐘🇺🇲 Protect democracy from the red hats. Why not use them to distribute the vaccine? I am not a rocket scientist or a politician, but these are resources WE THE PEOPLE could use to help WE THE PEOPLE!

Givethembeds Trump’s racist followers will be back to try to overturn his IMPEACHMENTS. It’s telling that the outrage in these comments aren’t directed toward the fact that these National guardsmen NEEDED to be utilized in this way. The length of a year Democrats putting on a Great Show... But in past 4 years across America, protests, violence, fires, average amount of troops in each of these states were? Someone want to explain?

Give them hotel rooms please That’ll be like 97363638 cookies from the first lady Hope you guys get better living arrangements Don't let them stay at Trump's hotel. Republicans are now fiscal hawks and would be very upset to see how we would be ripped off there, paying a hefty premium to the Monarch of Mar-a-Lago.

Who is paying for this?! Good Grief! What they should do is bivouac on the front and back Lawns at 1600p ... 🤪👈 duhhh. Sun Tzu...MAKE THEM KILL THEIR OWN AND CHAOS WILL REIGN!!! LOL PEOPLE ARE IGNORANT OF THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION. I guess walls and police are back in fashion.....that was quick!!! Biden sent troops back to Syria and you say nothing. Proof you're fake news.

That's a very wise idea I mean who knows what trump is thinking right now more violence? So Biden believes the guard and fencing provide a level of security but thinks the border wall is not effective, where millions have crossed ILLEGALLY into the USA? - smh Do you think this is what people really need right now?